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coleman
coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay
Member Since: 29th Aug 2002
Total posts: 7330
Posted:Man bursts into flames during illegal bungee jump

A man is being treated in hospital for serious burns after a bungee stunt from a bridge went wrong.

Police were called to the 245ft high Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol on Sunday afternoon after witnesses saw the man leap from the bridge - and burst into flames.

He then cut himself free from the rope before plunging into the River Avon below, police said.

He was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary suffering severe burns and was later transferred to a specialist unit at the city's Frenchay Hospital, where he is undergoing treatment.

North Bristol NHS Trust has described his condition as stable.

Avon and Somerset police say they are investigating the incident and stress that jumping off the bridge is illegal. Bridgemaster John Mitchell said the incident had been seen by visitors and a member of staff.

He added: "Jumping and parachuting from the bridge is contrary to the bridge by-laws and by its very nature is an extremely dangerous activity.

"We understand one of the people involved in this incident is in hospital suffering from burns and we hope he will make a full recovery."

Clifton Suspension Bridge was the location of the first-ever bungee jump in 1979. It was undertaken by Oxford University's Dangerous Sports Club.

Story filed: 15:35 Monday 19th January 2004
Source: ananova

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sorry, i really did try not to laugh...


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Tao Star
Tao Star

Pooh-Bah
Location: Bristol
Member Since: 30th May 2003
Total posts: 1662
Posted:i still don't understand how he got on fire confused confused

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strong-bad pop up book,
it was the book of my dreams.

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DeepSoulSheep
DeepSoulSheep

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Berlin
Member Since: 25th Sep 2002
Total posts: 2617
Posted:Yea, 'fraid I don't get it either ubbtickled

I live in a world of infinite possibilities.

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Astar
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada.
Member Since: 8th Nov 2002
Total posts: 1591
Posted:Yeah I like how the article nonchalantly neglects the most dramatic part, THE BURSTING INTO FLAMES FOR NO REASON.



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onewheeldave
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Location: sheffield
Member Since: 28th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3252
Posted:Quote:
i still don't understand how he got on fire confused confused


Todays 'Sheffield Star' provides the answer- apparently the bloke was from Sheffield and his idea was to douse himself in petrol, set himself alight, then do a bungee jump and end up in the river which would put him out.

Unfortunately, he had problems cutting the rope and ended up in hospital with burns.

The police may prosecute him, and the Star quotes him as saying he expected to "get done' and that he regreted the incident.



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Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE!

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Astar
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada.
Member Since: 8th Nov 2002
Total posts: 1591
Posted:I don't know what's funnier, him being so stupid or the original story completly neglecting how he got on fire.

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general spin
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Location: England
Member Since: 18th Jan 2004
Total posts: 52
Posted:what posesses a man to douse himself in petrol, set himself on fire and throw himself off a bridge ??? he obviously wasnt trying to kill himself so there must be some reason however strange, surely no one could actually be so remarkably stupid...I mean... does he not regard his head as a precious object or what ??? hes a Darwin award just waiting to happen isnt he ???

Its just plain absurd... he must have been making a vid. You dont do that without filming it do you ?? Can you imagine what Tommy Vance would say ???
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i just wish I could ask the guy a few questions,
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ImmortalAngel
Scientist!
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: 19th Jan 2004
Total posts: 578
Posted:HMmmm I like the sounds of this...
*goes to get his jug of petrol and his bunge cords*
I'll tell you guys how it goes...


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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:My Girlf lives about 5 minutes from there so I've been quite a few times, don't know if anyone else has stood on it but it's a damn high bridge (and the first Suspension Bridge ever built!). I certainly wouldnt fancy jumping off it whilst on fire!

If anyone ever goes there, there's a great place to poi on a lookout point on the Clifton Village side of the bridge that in this pic would be just up to the right hand side above the main tower.

In fact if anyone wants to meet up there for a spin at a weekend, or meet my girlf in the week (no shennanigans tho!!) drop me a PM cuz it's great either day or night with beautiful views. And at night they light the bridge up. It looks most beautiful from above it tho.




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Let's relight this forum ubblove

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borismcnorris
borismcnorris

professional pedant
Location: Bristol
Member Since: 24th Jul 2003
Total posts: 137
Posted:hehehe. this was funny. the knife he was planning to use to cut the rope broke so he was hanging on the end of the rope, on fire, for 26 seconds before he managed to get out a spare and cut himself free. Apparently his mate was filming it all so hopefully it will appear on the net sometime soon!

what an idiot spank

though it would have looked cool if he'd got it right
person 1: "wow! there's a guy jumping off the bridge"
person 2: "it's ok, he's got a bungee rope"
person 1: "oh no! now he's on fire!"
person 2: "wait! he's cut the rope"
*splash* *hiss of steam*
person 1: "cooool!"
person 2: "sweeeet"

or something


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general spin
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Location: England
Member Since: 18th Jan 2004
Total posts: 52
Posted:Yeh, im beginning to see it, hes still mad though ubbloco The video is a must. Itll probably earn him a fortune. rolleyes

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GottaLoveIt
GottaLoveIt

Sponge
Location: Stevenage
Member Since: 21st Sep 2003
Total posts: 883
Posted:Quote:


person 1: "wow! there's a guy jumping off the bridge"
person 2: "it's ok, he's got a bungee rope"
person 1: "oh no! now he's on fire!"
person 2: "wait! he's cut the rope"
*splash* *hiss of steam*
person 1: "cooool!"
person 2: "sweeeet"

or something



Must be comforting to know you can always make money out of writing scripts for clips from fosters adverts or you've been framed

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borismcnorris
borismcnorris

professional pedant
Location: Bristol
Member Since: 24th Jul 2003
Total posts: 137
Posted:you've been framed ubblove

lisa riley is my hero kiss

anyway, i don't know what you mean. i have conversations like that all the time ubbtickled


A warrior always returns to the fray. He never does so out of stubbornness, but because he has noticed a change in the weather - Paulo Coelho

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GottaLoveIt
GottaLoveIt

Sponge
Location: Stevenage
Member Since: 21st Sep 2003
Total posts: 883
Posted:ubblol like ya do ubblol

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Pink...?
Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There
Member Since: 6th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6140
Posted:That is insane! ubblol

What i want to know is how he came up with the idea...? ubbangel


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Azrelle
Azrelle

member
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Member Since: 24th Jan 2004
Total posts: 34
Posted:i would hazard a guess that the culprit was:

a) alcohol
b) a bet
c) a bet while drunk on alcohol, or
d) an overly elaborate cry for help


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the mind gap.
the mind gap.

old hand
Location: Brigadoon
Member Since: 31st May 2002
Total posts: 829
Posted:His name's Jim and he lives just round the corner from me - that's why it was in the Sheffield Star. He is a bit of a nutter but he's the sort of person you just can't help liking. General Spin's right. He was making a video with some mates (you should see their last one eek).
One of the things they seem to doing is setting themselves on fire and jumping off cliffs or bridges into water. I guess Jim was just trying it differently. They always wear a fireproof suit when they do it but as Boris said, his knife broke.
I don't think they've got around to selling their last video yet (I assume they plan to sell it to Channel 4 or something) but I could ask him when he gets back to Sheffield if anyone's interested.


wherever you go, there you are.

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general spin
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Location: England
Member Since: 18th Jan 2004
Total posts: 52
Posted:count me in smile why not, if hes willing to do that im up for a vid confused

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