Sunday, May 15, 2011

Australian police says another activist dies after 'planking' on balcony

Australian police say a man who plunged to his death from a seventh-floor balcony on Sunday was taking part in the internet enthusiasm of "planking".
Planking engages somebody lying flat on their stomach in strange and occasionally risky conditions, and posting photographs on social media websites.
Police said the dead man, in his 20s, chop down from a gallery railing in Brisbane while a buddy photographed him. The man's name has not been out until warning of his family.
The trend has gone viral in current weeks, with one Facebook page showing off 90,000 followers and hundreds of photos of people lying on chimneys, escalators, camels, and other objects.
Ross Barnett, Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner said, “This morning we have observed a youngster take this doings a step additional and try to plank on a balcony”. "Sadly he has disastrously collapsed to his death."
Last week Queensland police notified "plankers" of the hazards of the action, after a man was fixed purportedly planking on a police car.

The 20-year-old was alleged with being on police apparatus without legal justification.
A Gladstone police Sergeant, Matthew Russell, told the Brisbane Courier-Mail newspaper that planking could be hazardous and practitioners may find themselves alleged with "unofficial high risk movement ".
At the same time we welcome the activity is cheerful fun, putting yourself and others at hazard and breaking the law will not be allowed," he said. Mr. Barnett said the death on Sunday is "what we've feared".
"As planking obtains attractiveness, there may be more wounds and possibly more deaths," he said.


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