These days, you’ll find a lot of people holding authentic Guinness World Records for the craziest stuff.
Take for instance Indian stuntman named Sailendra Nath Roy, a 50-year-old daredevil who holds the Guinness World Record for the farthest recorded distance on a zipline using his hair.
Sailendra had successfully entered the Guinness World Records in 2011.
In 2013, the 50-year-old stuntman decided to break his own world record. He set up a 600-ft zipline from the Coronation Bridge, 70ft over Teesta River in West Bengal, India.
He was sure he would succeed with this attempt, just like the previous one. But just in case he falls into the river, Sailendra wore a life jacket.
With hundreds of spectators cheering him on, Sailendra started down the zipline. The stunt actually went well at first but halfway through, his hair got stuck on the rollers – it was something that he had not anticipated.
As Sailendra struggled in the middle of the zipline, he shouted for help but the crowd thought he was just putting on a show – and cheered even louder. No one could hear his cries for help as he struggled to free himself.
This went on for several minutes before Sailendra suddenly went limp. The spectators fell silent, unsure what happened but quite afraid that there’s something wrong with stuntman.
What’s sad is that Sailendra and his team did not foresee this possibility; thus, they had not made plans on how such a situation could be solved. So, it took about 45 minutes for emergency responders to finally get him down.
He was rushed to the hospital but he was declared dead on arrival. Doctors said he suffered cardiac arrest while trying to free himself from the zipline. He might have survived if only he was able to cut his hair and fall into the water.
His wife was not happy with the idea that her husband would be doing yet another crazy stunt but he promised her this would be the last. Sadly, it really did turn out to be the last one he would ever do in life…