Dublin man spends first night buried alive in 8ft coffin
A Dublin man has been buried alive at a church in Belfast, where he will spend his time underground chatting with people over Skype from an 8ft coffin.
John Edwards was buried at Willowfield Parish Church in East Belfast at 2pm on Wednesday as part of his 'Walk Free' project.
Mr Edwards, a recovering addict, aims to provide support to people with addictions or who are feeling suicidal.
"We've our head screwed on, we know what we are doing," said John.
"This is about bringing people together, interacting with them and offering help and support and words of life from the grave. I am a committed Christian but we welcome all-comers joining in.
"We are trying to get across the message that you need not be in a coffin prematurely, there is help there and you can overcome addiction and illness. I was locked into addiction for 25 years."
John is entombed in a coffin 8ft long by 3.5ft high and 4ft wide.
It has been kitted out with electric and broadband to enable him to broadcast to the world as well as having a mattress and caravan toilet.
During his 48 hours underground he will also have his home comforts - his woolly socks and hot water bottle.