Man Attempts to Break Record for Longest Time Buried Alive and Dies

Janaka Basyanake, 24, from Sri Lanka had to definitely be considered a daredevil. In his third time to bury himself alive, however, the man was unsuccessful.

On Saturday with the help of some friends in the town of Kantale, which is 137 miles north of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, Basyanake dug a trench about ten feet deep. At 9:30 that morning he was buried, and when he was brought to the surface at 4:00pm, he was unconscious. He was then brought to the hospital where he was declared “dead on arrival.”

Basyanake’s previous attempts at burying himself alive where obviously successful, and considering one of those tries was for six hours, no one probably thought anything would go wrong this time. Dr. D.G. Kosta at the Kantale Hospital said that a medical investigation will be taking place.

L.D. Leelawathi, Basyanake’s mother, said that her son has always done unusual stunts. Many of the ideas he learned from watching movies. According to the Al Arabiya News, he wrote a letter stating that he was attempting a record and that no one was to blame if “he did not make it out alive.”

Basyanake was a member of the Civil Defense Force, which is a police unit that fought in the country’s 25-year-long civil war.

It is unclear what record Basyanake was trying to break as there is not an official time on record. The Guinness Book of World Records does not have such as record. Geoff Smith from Mansfield, England supposedly spent 150 days buried in a coffin six feet underground under the garden of the Railway Inn.