Failed firey toilet block jump
2017 Reader Submission
This case might only be an Honorable Mention? (However he no longer appears to have a functioning website and has been absent from the media lately despite claiming "Years from now, if you see a guy doing stunts with a walking stick, that's probably me." Make of that what you will.)
Meet 39 year old Mr Concannon. Self styled "amateur" stuntman and suspected fan of the show Jackass.
After convincing his son to do the video recording, he doused himself in petrol, set himself alight, and rode a bike over the edge of the Coral Sea Park toilet block (Australia), hoping to successfully drop 8m down onto some matrices below.
Mr Concannon, or "Mr Inferno" as he prefers to be known, stated that the stunt only went wrong because "he saw the police approaching, making him rush his stunt."
Ironically it was the police officer who saved his life, preventing him from achieving full Darwin-ian fame. He doused the flames by dumping a bin of water over the fallen stuntman, something "Mr Inferno" could no longer do himself having missed the padded target, fracturing his wrist.
Although he had about 20 witnesses to his fall, no one else came to his assistance with one spectator quoted as saying: "It was one of the funniest things I've ever seen in my life, everyone was cracking up."
Despite his near death experience, Mr Inferno is not deterred and wants to make a film. He's confident having already performed numerous stunts over the years- most of which were carried out in his own back yard. Despite all his training, he admits he's "not professional grade."
Sadly none of his "exploits" have been verified by the Guinness Book of World Records, something he plans to change. His next stunt is already being planned: Painting a picture while on fire for up to two minutes. What could go wrong?
Additional ref: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/10/31/1067233362336.html
Submitted on 10/24/2017
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/10/27/1067233092760.html October 27 2003
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