Indian daredevil dies in ponytail zip-lining stunt
Indian stuntman Sailendra Nath Roy is watched by onlookers as he hangs on a rope while attempting to cross the River Teesta on the outskirts of Siliguri, on April 28, 2013. Roy -- who held the Guinness World Record for covering the longest distance on a zip-line while hanging by his hair -- has died while performing the stunt, officials said
Sailendra Nath Roy, a 49-year-old police officer, was attempting to cross the turbulent River Teesta on Sunday in the state of West Bengal on a 180-metre (594-foot) wire above the water.
After attaching his shoulder-length hair to a pulley on the wire, Roy had completed about half of the distance but he then became entangled and found himself unable to move, an AFP photographer at the scene said.
Hundreds of spectators initially cheered him on, but then began screaming in horror when they saw Roy making increasingly desperate attempts to move forward.
"Roy tried frantically to get hold of a second rope to reach the finishing point," senior local police officer K. Jayaraman told AFP.
After about 20 minutes, he became motionless and was eventually rescued by local people. No ambulance or a doctor was present during the performance, which was watched by his family.
After being admitted to hospital in Siliguri, 450 kilometres (280 miles) away, he was declared dead by doctors of a suspected heart attack.
A post-mortem is expected later Monday.
Roy had achieved the Guinness World Record after covering 82.5 metres on a zip wire while attached by his hair in 2011 at the Neemrana Fort, a heritage hotel in the desert state of Rajasthan.
Last year he used his hair to drag an engine and four coaches of the heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
Roy's younger brother Benoy, who was witnessing his brother's stunt for the first time, told AFP: "We were proud of his bravery. He was sure to win but destiny has taken his life and the most beloved member of our family as well."
- India’;s spacecraft set to enter Mars’; orbit tomorrow
- Jack Ma of Alibaba becomes China's richest person
- Singapore deposits accession papers to atomic agency at convention
- China jails Uighur scholar for life for 'separatism'
- China jails Uighur scholar for life for 'separatism': lawyer
- Paris fashion takes to catwalks
- Ebola cases to triple to 20,000 by November unless efforts raised: WHO
- US, Arab allies bomb jihadists in Syria
- World leaders urged to change course at UN climate summit
- Miner BHP Billiton to cut 700 jobs in Australia
- Azmin pledges good governance, transparency in Selangor
- Rewriting the history of Azmin’;s appointment as Selangor MB
- PKR’;s reaction to Azmin as MB will determine Pakatan’;s future, says veteran newsman
- It’;s not just about making profits, be more people-centric, Selangor DAP advises new MB
- Anti-graft group urges Azmin to implement good governance in Selangor
- Child rights activist says enough proof of underage prostitution
- Malaysia’;s school cooperatives a reference for other countries, says Muhyiddin
- Najib wants youth to take up STEM education – Bernama
- Pakatan’s strength does not rely on Azmin, says Husam
- Cargo worker who warned of bombing ‘places that angered Allah’; charged
- It’;s okay to call politicians who jump parties ‘political frogs’;, rules court
- PAS assures Azmin of its support in Selangor
- Azmin sworn in as Selangor MB
- DAP withdraws suit against Registrar of Societies
- PKR, DAP top guns still missing in PAS’;s Pengkalan Kubor campaign