‘Aah. Holy S*$&! I thought he was on a bus’

Skydive Skyper: Hi mam and dad, enjoying Oz - now I’m just stepping out for a bit of air

An Irish man backpacking his way across Australia has been making headlines all over the world - after he was good enough to make a call home to mam and dad.

The Skype call Roger Ryan made is not itself what attracted all the attention, however.

What saw a video of the call go viral was that the young man rang his folks as he got set to jump from a plane at a height of 10,000 feet.

Turning the air blue

While Ryan then soared through the blue sky down under, his mother started turning the air blue when it became clear where he was calling from.


When the call came, neither she nor her husband had a notion where their son was, logically assuming he had his feet firmly on the ground somewhere.

Continuing as normal

But as Ryan’s parents huddled around the screen, delighted to be talking to their faraway child, he leapt from the plane on the back of an experienced skydiver and continued the conversation as normal.

The footage was captured by Hostelworld, a hostel booking website, who got in touch with Roger during his stay at Bounce Hostel in Sydney.

Conor Pope

Conor Pope

Conor Pope is Consumer Affairs Correspondent, Pricewatch Editor and cohost of the In the News podcast