Daredevil 'lucky to be alive' after Houdini-style Buried Alive stunt goes horribly wrong
An amateur daredevil is "lucky to be alive" after being buried six feet under ground as part of an escape stunt.
Escapologist Antony Britton, who lists Harry Houdini as one of his inspirations, had taken on the Buried Alive challenge as part of a charity event at the weekend.
Britton was buried six feet under the soil while an anxious audience at the UK-based Escape for Life event gathered around to watch.
When the entertainer failed to surface after nine minutes, a rescue crew was forced to intervene to save Britton.
He was given oxygen by medical services and was treated for a cracked rib and several minor scratches.
“I almost died,” Britton said following the botched stunt. “I was just seconds away from death. It was scary. The pressure of the soil was crushing around me.
“Even when I found an air pocket, when I exhaled, the soil around me was crushing me even more. I could feel myself losing consciousness and there was nothing I could do. I was pretty much dying.
“But everyone was on the ball and the crew was well-drilled. They knew pretty much where I would be under the soil and after the digger had moved in behind me, the team were hand-balling the soil until they could reach me.”
Britton is the third person in 100 years to attempt the Buried Alive challenge, which Houdini failed to pull off in 1915
Britton was helping to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research at the West Yorks show.