A Swiss man has set a new world record after leaping from a hot-air balloon from an altitude of 8,000 metres (26,200 feet) without oxygen, the ATS news agency reported.

Remo Lang, 38, threw himself out of the balloon yesterday morning and landed around ten minutes later at Aarberg, in the Berne canton of Switzerland.

Wearing a "wingsuit", his freefall lasted five minutes.

Mr Lang's team said he prepared himself for the jump by taking in oxygen from a tank intensively for half an hour before the stunt.