A Sri Lankan man has died while trying to set a record for the longest time spent buried alive, police say.
Janaka Basnayake, 24, is said to have 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 220km north of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. A local newspaper reported that the trench was three metres deep.
Basnayake was buried at around 9.30am on Saturday. Police said that when he was brought to the surface at 4pm he was unconscious and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival…
Basnayake’s mother, LD 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 her son had been buried alive on two previous occasions – for two and a half hours and six hours respectively.
Poor bugger just may have set a new record for the period of time he was alive. We’ll never know.
The Guiness World Records stopped recognizing any record in 1991 citing safety concerns over people killing themselves in the attempt..