Sri Lankan man has died while
trying to set a record for the longest time spent buried alive.
Police said Janaka Basnayake, 24,
buried himself over the weekend
with the help of family and friends
in a trench sealed with wood and
soil in the town of Kantale, about
137 miles (220 kilometers) north of
Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. A local
newspaper reported that the trench
was 10 feet (3 meters) deep.
Basnayake was buried at around
9:30 a.m. Saturday. Police said that
when he was brought to the surface at 4 p.m., he was unconscious and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced
dead on arrival.
Get this, there’s no world record for the
longest time buried alive. So the attempt,
which ended his life, was for nothing…sad. Continue reading…
Dr. D.G. Costa of the Kantale hospital
said a post-mortem could not determine the cause of death and further medical investigations are being conducted.
Basnayake’s mother, L.D. Leelawathi,
said her son had enjoyed performing unusual acts since his childhood — a liking that grew after watching movies, the Lankadeepa newspaper reported.
It quoted her as saying that her son
had been buried alive on two previous occasions — for two and a half hours and six hours respectively.
It was unclear whether there is an official world record for the longest time buried alive.
So who’s at fault, the family or the man for trying to set a new record?