Planking Claims One Life in Australia

By on May 16, 2011 in Australia, Internet, World Comments

Facebookplanking” craze took a 20-year-old man’s life in Brisbane, Australia, several international news sites reported on Sunday.


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Reports said that “planking” involves someone lying flat on their stomach with arms against their bodies in unusual and sometimes dangerous position. Photographs are taken and shared in social media sites such as Facebook.

According to reports, 20-year-old Acton Beale fell from a seventh-story balcony in an inner-city apartment block in Kangaroo Point‘s Main Street at about 4:30am local time on Sunday. Paramedics tried to revive him for 20 minutes, however, he was pronounced dead a short time later.

It seemed that the man had fallen “while attempting a planking episode,” Queensland Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett was quoted saying. Barnett said that Beale had been planking with a friend in various locations on their way home. Beale was preparing to lie on the balcony rail when he fell.

“He has tragically lost his footing and fallen to the ground below. It is what we’ve been fearing,” Barnett reportedly said.

Barnett also pointed out that he has no problem with planking itself. However, he advised people to do it with caution.

“If you want to take a photograph of yourself planking on a park bench two foot off the ground, there are no risks to your health with that, but when you start doing it seven storeys up or lying across a railway line or in a range of other places that invite death or serious injury, that’s what we have a concern about.”

“Ultimately, is it worth life in a wheelchair to take a funny photo to impress somebody you don’t know on the internet?” Barnett was quoted saying by an Australian news site.

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