People often attempt a range of silly antics, in an effort to break a record or perform a stunt. For some getting into the Guinness Book of World Records is the icing on the cake. Sometimes tragically record-breaking attempts and stunts go wrong, as in the case of Sailendra Nath Roy who has performed many wacky stunts involving his hair, or rather his ponytail.
Sailendra Nath Roy, 48, died during a Guinness Book of World Records attempt. He was trying to cross a river suspended from a zip wire attached to his ponytail, reports the BBC. No, neither his hair nor the wire gave way during the stunt, Sailendra died of a heart attack.
Mr Roy, a police driver, was no stranger to record-breaking. His final, fatal, stunt was performed over the Teesta river in West Bengal state. Previous record-breaking attempts had also involved his ponytail. In March 2011, "Mr Roy was named a Guinness World Record holder for traveling the farthest distance on a zip wire using hair". What would make you think of undertaking such a stunt in the first place? Perhaps that is true and the nature of all stunts though; the more unusual the better.
Sadly his last stunt was watched by many people who unexpectedly observed his death. Sailendra was attempting to cross the Coronation Bridge over the Teesta river near Siliguri town when tragedy struck. He was suspended from a zip wire 600ft (180m) long at a height of 70ft (20m) when, after covering about 300ft (90m), he got into difficulties. The spectators watched as he began to struggle. Onlookers said he seemed unable to move forward and was screaming out but no-one could hear what he was saying.
Horrifyingly his struggling continued for 30 minutes until presumably he died. He was left dangling in total for around 45 minutes The stunt had not been approved which meant that there were no medics or emergency services at the site. His wife reportedly had tried in vain to stop her husband's stunts and record breaking attempts.
Balai Sutradhar, a photographer, who was covering the stunt, told the Independent: "He was desperately trying to move forward. He was trying to scream out some instruction. But no one could follow what he was saying. After struggling for 30 minutes he became still."
According to doctors the cause of Saliendra's death was a massive heart attack.
What a truly harrowing experience for Saliendra and the spectators who could do nothing to help him. Surely a cautionary tale to would be record-breakers?