Youth dies in record mishap

2012-03-04 03:48:02

A 24 year-old Civil Defence Force member was found dead after he attempted to set a new Guinness world record at Wan-Ela in the Kantale area yesterday, the police said. The youth had told his family members in the morning to bury him alive in a trench he had dug earlier in the day.

The family members had been instructed to light a fire on top of the mock grave after burying the youth alive and to open it at 4.00 pm. When the family had dug open the mock grave the youth was found unconscious. He was rushed to the Kantale hospital and found dead upon admission, the Police added.

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  Comments - 49

  • tom Sunday, 4 March 2012 04:14

    are v living in 2012 ? in grade 3 they teach you the importance of oxigen to breath,and these parents should know that

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    yuri Sunday, 4 March 2012 04:32

    He is better the Sri Lankan Solider. he want to to do something. not are respected!

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    Katmai Sunday, 4 March 2012 12:17

    Oh great! So, you mean, if a Sri Lankan soldier, who still receives a handsome salary, is not going around robbing people, then he is to be respected? Don't you have to do something respectable any more to be respected? Is it the case that not doing something despicable is enough to earn your respect?

    I don't know... may be the meaning of "respect" has changed now. Or, may be this says something about the times we're living in.

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    Azeez Sunday, 4 March 2012 14:54

    When most of us were sitting at home like cowards, handsome salary or not, this guy went to war to save the country.You should respect him for that first! Even though what he did was rediculous, he tried to achieve something with his life, rather than being a manthrees thug or a thief, as mentioned above.

    Katami, when it comes to a soldier, respect what he did, the handsome salaries can come in any ones way, but the heart to sacrifice one's life for the country and courage will comes only to those who are brave!

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    Sameen Jan Monday, 5 March 2012 02:24

    To begin with he was not a soldier.
    Soldiers saved SL from the LTTE sacrificing their lives.They did not steal.
    Who are you to speak of respect when you run soldiers down hiding yourself.
    Were you with the LTTE or the TNA

    Reply : 2       4

    Labby Sunday, 4 March 2012 04:51

    The height of stupidity.

    Reply : 4       167

    Kolomba Kaka Sunday, 4 March 2012 08:01

    A warning to all mis-adventurists!

    Reply : 1       65

    sena Sunday, 4 March 2012 22:36

    he may established a record on this

    Reply : 0       2

    TIm567 Sunday, 4 March 2012 04:57

    I think he has watched too many magic shows that made him to try this feat.

    Reply : 3       69

    Nodrog Sunday, 4 March 2012 04:58

    It may be a record anyway that there were so many idiots in one family to go along with this mad venture.

    Reply : 2       117

    Coconut Donkey Sunday, 4 March 2012 05:00

    Stupid is as Stupid Does... Hope no one ends in jail if this is indeed what exactly happened

    Reply : 1       67

    Concerned Sunday, 4 March 2012 05:02

    Spell Check

    Reply : 19       12

    Gamini Udagepola Sunday, 4 March 2012 05:17

    He was looking for cheap publicity, Feel sorry for his family/parents.

    Reply : 9       40

    fazli Sunday, 4 March 2012 05:19

    Mistakes do happen. This is an expensive & irreversible one. When you are young you always want to achieve, you want to prove a point. Thats natural & at times you go beyond extreme.

    Reply : 8       31

    Saman Jinadasa Sunday, 4 March 2012 05:27

    Parents and whoever involved should be charged for manslaughter.

    Reply : 17       40

    kasun Sunday, 4 March 2012 05:38

    i dont know who is the most stupid him or his family??

    Reply : 5       63

    Luck Sunday, 4 March 2012 05:52

    Majority of the Sri Lankans are live in 1912.....not 2012.

    Reply : 15       59

    Shan Sunday, 4 March 2012 05:54

    Mey ratey minissu thanikara kelinne pissu!!!!!!

    Reply : 6       55

    faqi Sunday, 4 March 2012 08:12

    Never read anything so foolish, as this story. He must have watched a magic show, where they have a hidden compartment pre-prepared before the stunt is performed. This is the height of stupidity - All this family members may have a total IQ of 10.

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    meranchi Sunday, 4 March 2012 08:27

    stupid idea ma by he wanted to dies by hand of his family members also stupid...i

    Reply : 2       23

    KHALID Sunday, 4 March 2012 08:39

    lack of oxygen. Isn't he stupid

    Reply : 1       27

    Royalist Sunday, 4 March 2012 08:53

    It is strange that no one from the Guinness Book has attended to authenticate the record attempt...

    Reply : 1       1

    Sam Sunday, 4 March 2012 09:16

    Assisted suicide ?

    Reply : 0       2

    Matalan Sunday, 4 March 2012 09:34

    Why did the family, why do the society, encourage acts of instant thrills, so unbelievably insane enough to end a life so short? Even if he succeeded, where would that take him??

    Reply : 0       18

    Fair N Square Sunday, 4 March 2012 09:38

    sad to note these are the kind of people who are given a weapon... Wonder how well he used it....

    Reply : 0       1

    lankashantha Sunday, 4 March 2012 09:45

    DM inform to Sri Lanka, Those who want to set any records can do it by themselves. It should be certified by the organization and to be witnessed by it's official.

    Reply : 0       9

    Jagath Leanage Sunday, 4 March 2012 09:56

    Guiness Record?
    On what cost?
    Nobody were advising him?
    Jagath Leanage

    Reply : 0       13

    solomon Sunday, 4 March 2012 10:16

    Shouldn't the family members charged for man slaughter?

    Reply : 3       9

    A W Abdulkany Monday, 5 March 2012 11:22

    I agree with Solomon, it is plainly homicide, parents and his friends should be charged for murder. At atleast his freinds should have notified the nearby Police station. a young life is lost in vain. May be he wants to commit suicide, who knows!!

    Reply : 0       0

    perumal Sunday, 4 March 2012 10:33

    Let's treat this as a protest against increase of fuel prices

    Reply : 2       13

    dilan Sunday, 4 March 2012 10:38

    he dig grave others, ones to himself

    Reply : 3       14

    hansan Sunday, 4 March 2012 11:51

    His teachers are also to be blamed with his his alders who brought him up as a stupid, Good exampal for Parents to not allow children to be too smart, and to belive every thing what they say.

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    ramesh Sunday, 4 March 2012 12:25

    At least he was brave enough to take a risk. Do not call it a cheap publicity. There wouldnt have been anyone in outer space if the first one didnt take the risk. Adventure has a thrill which only a person who does it knows it. Simple spectators are dummy pieces.

    Hats off for this young chap!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sanjeeva Kumar Sunday, 4 March 2012 12:58

    what the hell was he thinking ................

    Reply : 0       1

    rehan Sunday, 4 March 2012 13:03

    he should have carried a mobile phone?????????????//

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    Yahiya-Doha Sunday, 4 March 2012 14:54

    This is the time to think which type of record must add to Guinnes. record. There are lot of law to implement of safety. When it will come to ISO 18000 standerd.

    Reply : 0       7

    IBNUABOO Sunday, 4 March 2012 15:07

    this is also kinnes recod that he lost his life for kinnes record .poor creedy fellow

    Reply : 1       8

    Coconut Donkey Sunday, 4 March 2012 17:06

    something wrong with the keyboard or the user of the keyboard... looks like the user...

    Reply : 0       8

    Neomal Sunday, 4 March 2012 15:29

    I cant believe adults can be such stupid morons . Unbelievable. How sad that this man has lost his life.

    Reply : 0       9

    East Sunday, 4 March 2012 15:37

    Does insurance pay for suicide not really....Now, is this suicide by law or accidental death?

    Reply : 1       2

    Ian Sunday, 4 March 2012 16:02

    He was out of his mind, A dum idea

    Reply : 0       7

    lankan Sunday, 4 March 2012 16:07

    parents should of been arrested.. no mercy.. this is STUPID and its a murder..

    Reply : 3       5

    Mad Cow 630 Sunday, 4 March 2012 16:14

    Stupidity and ignorance abounds!

    Reply : 0       8

    nuwan Sunday, 4 March 2012 17:21

    new army training??? now it is the season for the world to laugh at us.

    Reply : 0       7

    wickramatungaag Sunday, 4 March 2012 20:58

    Saman Jinadasa`s comment must be considered seriously.The so called "officers witnessed" the attempted record MUST BE CHARGED FOR MANSLAUGHTER. Where is the low and order in Sri Lanka. Any fool can show off in front of innocent people. What`s the capacity of these officials of GB of Records as it`s a known and well published story that there are no "officials of GB of records in SL. These culprits should handled very seriously at the Court of Law. Where are those rescue teams as done in other countries.The Govt. should not allow the world to look at our country as a country of barbarians.

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    Ranjith Sunday, 4 March 2012 21:08

    Even though motivation are varied, most of Guinness word recorders and attempters were risked their life, famous Kumar Anandan died in while he was attempting to brake the Guinness word recorder. It is tossing a coin if he wins its become a headline. There is way to attempt to make a record. Don’t forget in order to set a new record there must be a previous record. Otherwise burry in 10 minutes enough to go to the record book. It is not clear whether this solder followed the Guinness protocols or not. It looks to me not. That’s why this attempt looks ridicules. Even if he alive the record won’t be counted .On the other hand if he has followed Guinness protocols the blame should go to the officials not to poor parents. My hat off to this young man and blame goes to Sri Lankan media not to educate general public.

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    the Undertaker Monday, 5 March 2012 02:57


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