Pony-tail stuntman dies on India zip line

AFP-JIJI

A daredevil Indian who held the Guinness World Record for distance traveled on a zip line while hanging by his hair has died while performing a new stunt, officials said.

Sailendra Nath Roy, a 49-year-old police driver, was attempting to cross the turbulent River Teesta on Sunday in the state of West Bengal on a 180-meter high wire. After attaching his shoulder-length hair to a pulley on the zip line, Roy had completed about half of the distance when his pony tail became entangled and he found himself unable to move.

Hundreds of spectators began screaming in horror when they saw the married father of two sons making increasingly desperate attempts to move forward. After about 20 minutes, he became motionless and had to be retrieved by local people. No ambulance or a doctor was present during the performance, which was watched by his family.

The driver, who had taken the day off work to perform, was admitted to hospital in Siliguri, where he was declared dead by doctors of a suspected heart attack.