Thursday 18 January 2018

Man(34) killed attempting latest Facebook challenge

A different group successfully complete the Cold Water Challenge with a digger.
A different group successfully complete the Cold Water Challenge with a digger.
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

One man has been killed and five others injured in an attempt to complete the latest 'challenge' spreading across Facebook.

The 'Cold Water Challenge' has been gathering momentum for some time with participants attempting to 'out-do' one another.

One man was killed in Western Germany last week when a digger carrying 2,000 litres of water toppled over and crushed the 34-year-old, injuring his six companions.

The seven had filled the digger's bucket with the intent to film themselves having the 2,000 ice-cold litres poured over themselves. However, the weight of the water caused the digger to topple over onto the group, who were sitting on a bench below the bucket.

Four people were taken to hospital following the incident.

Klaus Dieter Spaan, Isselburg's deputy mayor, spoke to German newspaper 'Bild' about the tragedy. “It was harmless fun... But now everything is different. We all regret this tragic accident."

A video from the clean-up of the scene has amassed over 100,000 views online.

A 19-year old in France reportedly died in June when he rode his bike into a river in western Brittany as his attempt at the challenge. The bike, which was tied to his leg, impeded his exit and he drowned.

The challenge follows on from previous crazes spread through social networking site Facebook. Participants have 24 hours to complete the challenge - similar to 'NekNomination'- or donate €100/$100 to the charity of their choice, similar to #NoMakeUpSelfie. 

The challenge began with people dumping buckets of cold water over themselves but has escalated into people jumping into ice-cold lakes and using machinery to dump a large volume of water over groups of people.

In June, a group of firefighters got almost 100,000 views on YouTube for their version of the cold-water challenge, which involved levitating above the water using powerhoses. Watch below.


Three months ago, a group of girls about to jump into a lake as part of the challenge were almost struck by lightning.

Sky News reported that police in France have warned "not to be influenced by a stupid phenomenon of the moment”.

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