Sri Lankan dies trying buried alive record

Indo Asian News Service

London, March 5 (IANS) A Sri Lankan man has died while trying to set a record for the longest time spent buried alive, The Telegraph reported Monday.

Police said Janaka Basnayake, 24, buried himself over the weekend with the help of family and friends in a trench sealed with wood and soil.

The trench, dug in the town of Kantale, about 220 km from Colombo, was 10 feet deep.

Basnayake was buried around 9.30 a.m. Saturday. Police said that when he was brought to the surface at 4 p.m., he was unconscious and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Kantale hospital said a post-mortem could not determine the cause of death and further medical investigations are being conducted, according to the Telegraph.

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