Man dies attempting ponytail stunt

ninemsn staff
9:02am April 30, 2013
April 30, 2013: Guinness World Record holder Sailendra Nath Roy died of a suspected heart attack after he became stuck on a zip-wire crossing a river in India.

An Indian daredevil has died attempting to cross a river suspended from a flying fox by his ponytail.

Police driver Sailendra Nath Roy, 48, was attempting what would have been a world-record-breaking stunt above the Teesta river in West Bengal on Sunday as crowds watched from a nearby bridge, the BBC reports.

But after attaching his ponytail to a pulley and travelling half the length of the 180m zip-line, his hair became tangled and he struggled to break free.

Photographer Balai Sutradhar, who witnessed the scene, told the BBC the married father-of-two called for help as his situation worsened.

"He was desperately trying to move forward. He was trying to scream out some instruction. But no one could follow what he was saying. After struggling for 30 minutes he became still,” he said.

After he was rescued, Roy was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead of a suspected heart attack.

Crowds watch as Sailendra Nath Roy attempts to cross the Teesta river suspended from a zip wire attached to his ponytail in West Bengal state, India, on Sunday. (AAP)
Crowds watch as Sailendra Nath Roy attempts to cross the Teesta river suspended from a zip wire attached to his ponytail in West Bengal state, India, on Sunday. (AAP)

Roy already held the Guinness World Record for travelling the farthest distance on a zip wire by his hair. He achieved this feat in 2011 when he travelled 82.5m on a flying fox in Rajasthan.

Source: BBC

Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Emma Chamberlain

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