The Darwin Award is nearly always granted posthumously. This citation is
bestowed upon (the remains of) that individual, who, through single-minded
self-sacrifice, has done the most to remove undesirable elements from the
human gene pool.
Don't fence me in
By Michael Fleet
[Electronic Telegraph, 22 Apr 1997] A BOY fell 200ft to his death
moments after his sister told him to stop fooling around near a cliff edge,
an inquest was told yesterday.
Jamie Underdown, 10, fell from Seaford Head, East Sussex, while out walking
a dog with his sister Jemma, 12, and two friends.
It was the first time he had been allowed to go to the cliff without an
adult and he had been warned to be careful by his mother, the inquest at
Eastbourne was told.
Despite the warning, Jamie was playing close to the edge, pretending to
fall and shouting for help. Jemma said in a statement: "I kept telling
him if he played too close to the edge he would fall over and die. He kept
calling me 'Bossy Boots'. He didn't listen."
Jasmine Rowson, eight, who was also on the cliff walk, said: "Jamie slipped
and he was trying to get back up. He was hanging on to the edge. I touched
his hand and went to get Vicky and Jemma but they did not believe me. I
went back and he slipped and fell."
Jamie's mother Sandra is now campaigning for the local council to fence
off the cliffs where he died. She told the inquest: "I was told I was an
over- protective parent so I started to let him do things. The last words
I said to him were, 'All right, do not be long. Be careful'."
The coroner, David Wadman, said: "One has to take a practical viewpoint.
It would be a substantial operation to fence the entire cliff in East Sussex.
"This was a lively young lad enjoying himself and showing off perhaps.
He was fooling around and at one stage he was even tragically apeing the
disaster that was to occur a few moments later."
See the Light
[News of the Weird, 16 Apr 1997] Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed
in Lompoc, Calif. as he fell face-first through the ceiling of a bicycle
shop he was burglarizing. Death was caused when the large flashlight he
had palced in his mouth (to keep his hands free) crammed against the base
of his skull as he hit the floor.
Can't keep a good fish down
[9 Apr 1997, Bayou Vista, La] Steven Hill Epperson, 36, popped a
friend's 6-inch tropical fish into his mouth as a joke Sunday and died
when it got stuck in his throat.
The Jack Dempsey fish became wedged in Epperson's airway, said Dr. F.H.
Metz, coroner for St. Mary Parish.
[News of the Weird, 21 Mar 1997] Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was
killed in February in Selbyville, Del., as he won a bet with friends
who said he would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets into
his mouth and pull the trigger. And in February, according
to police in Windsor, Ont., Daniel Kolta, 27, and Randy Taylor, 33,
died in a head-on collision, thus earning a tie in the game of chicken
they were playing with their snowmobiles.
[News of the Weird, 17 Jan 1997] Michael Anderson Godwin made News
of the Weird posthumously in 1989. He had spent several years awaiting
South Carolina's electric chair on a murder conviction before having his
sentence reduced to life in prison. In March 1989, sitting on a metal toilet
in his cell and attempting to fix his small TV set, he bit into a wire
and was electrocuted. On January 1, 1997, Laurence Baker, also a convicted
murderer once on death row but later serving a life sentence at the state
prison in Pittsburgh, Pa., was electrocuted by his homemade earphones as
he watched his small TV while sitting on his metal toilet.
[News of the Weird, 13 Jan 1997] Benjamin Arley Ortega suffocated
in October in Napa, Calif., when his head got stuck between a wall and
the ceiling of a storage shed he was burglarizing. And Rafael Miettunen
drowned near Cleveland, Tenn., in April as he was making a getaway on a
Jet-Ski he had stolen. And Rex C. Stark, 36, drowned in a pond near New
Castle, Ky., in November where he had sought refuge from a state trooper,
who had chased him after a car accident.
Do you need a hat, if you can't keep your head?
[AP, Slidell, La., January 1997] A man who opened his car door and
sped backward to look for his hat fell out onto his head and died.
Jason Jinks, 20, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., died of his injuries Wednesday,
three days after the accident.
Jinks was driving when his hat flew out the window. A 14-year-old boy who
was in the back seat told sheriff's deputies that Jinks stopped, put the
car in reverse and backed up at 25 to 30 mph in the dark with the door
He fell out after he hit the brakes.
The boy and a girl who was also in the back seat said Jinks had been drinking
whiskey and taking pills.
Father & Son team fry selves chasing parrot with net at end of aluminum
pole. They got on the garage and touched a high tension line.
[News of the Weird, 28 Dec 1996] In October, a 49-year-old San Francisco
stockbroker, who "totally zoned when he ran," according to his wife, accidentally
jogged off of a 200-foot-high cliff on his daily run.
[News of the Weird, 28 Dec 1996] In September in Detroit, a 41-year-old
man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing headfirst
through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.
[News of the Weird, 1 Nov 1996] A 28-year-old expert mountain climber
fell to his death near Redding, Calif., in September as he was demonstrating
safety techniques to a group of teenagers. He had severed his main line
to demonstrate the security of the second line, but the second line failed.
That was one nasty cactus
[Playboy] Some guy liked to go out into the desert with a shotgun
and several cases of beer. His practice was to shoot at the base of the
saguaro cactus until they fell over.
When he didn't return the next day a search party was sent out. They found
him crushed by one of the cacti he had toppled.
Thief killed by train as he flees along line
[Des Burkinshaw, Dec 1996] A youth was killed by a train last night
as made his escape after robbing a passenger at a nearby station.
A gang of three or four youths had attacked a man at Waltham Cross station,
north London. They fled along the track towards Enfield Lock station when
one was hit and killed instantly by a Stansted Express at 6.28pm.
Acting Inspector Gary Young, of British Transport Police, said: "Shortly
before the deceased was hit by the train there was a robbery at Waltham
Cross station, two miles to the north. We believe that the robbery suspects
ran off down the track and we believe that one of them was then hit by
The male victim of the robbery was taken to Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield
for treatment to minor injuries. Mr Young said the train driver raised
the alarm after hitting the youth. "The driver was obviously in shock and
was sent home after we arrived," he said.
Police searched the area with thermal imaging equipment after reports at
first that more than one gang member had been hit. The line into Liverpool
Street was closed for inquiries into the incident, but was expected to
be open by this morning.
This story is not true; it's an urban myth.
[Arizona] The Arizona (U.S.) Highway Patrol came upon a pile of
smoldering metal embedded into the side of a cliff rising above the road,
at the apex of a curve.
The wreckage resembled the site of an airplane crash, but it was a car.
The type of car was unidentifiable at the scene.
The boys in the lab finally figured out what it was, and what had happened.
It seems that a guy had somehow got hold of a JATO unit, (Jet Assisted
Take Off, actually a solid-fuel rocket) that is used to give heavy military
transport planes an extra `push' for taking off from short airfields. He
had driven his Chevy Impala out into the desert, and found a long, straight
stretch of road. Then he attached the JATO unit to his car, jumped in,
got up some speed, and fired off the JATO!!
The facts as best as could be determined are that the operator of the 1967
Impala hit JATO ignition at a distance of approximately 3.0 miles from
the crash site. This was established by the prominent scorched and melted
asphalt at that location. The JATO, if operating properly, would have reached
maximum thrust within 5 seconds, causing the Chevy to reach speeds well
in excess of 350 MPH and continuing at full power for an additional 20-25
seconds. The driver, soon to be pilot, most likely would have experienced
G-forces usually reserved for dog-fighting F-14 jocks under full afterburners,
basically causing him to become insignificant for the remainder of the
event. However, the automobile remained on the straight highway for about
2.5 miles (15-20) seconds before the driver applied and completely melted
the brakes, blowing the tires and leaving thick rubber marks on the road
surface, then becoming airborne for an additional 1.4 miles and impacting
the cliff face at a height of 125 feet leaving a blackened crater 3 feet
deep in the rock.
Most of the driver's remains were not recoverable; however, small fragments
of bone, teeth and hair were extracted from the crater and fingernail and
bone shards were removed from a piece of debris believed to be a portion
of the steering wheel.
Best as they could determine, he was doing somewhere between 250 and 300
MPH (350-420 KPH) when he came to that curve....
The brakes were completely burned away, apparently from trying to slow
NOTE: Solid-fuel rockets don't have an 'off'... once started, they burn
at full thrust 'till the fuel is all gone.
[San Jose Mercury News] An angry suitor used his shotgun like a
club to break the windshield on a new car of a former girlfriend. The gun
discharged and blew a hole in his gut.
[Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1 Jan 1993] In December near Mineral
Wells, Tex., three men who were attempting to steal copper wire off live
electrical lines for resale were electrocuted. Copper wiring is a valuable
scrap metal in Texas but is usually stolen from electric cables that are
not being used.
[British Sunday Express] Poacher Marino Malerba who shot dead a
stag standing above him on an overhanging rock,and was killed instantly
when it fell on him.
[Reuter News Service, Perth] A Perth man cut off his ears, penis
and testicles in a fit of rage after arguing with a woman and has refused
to have then re-attached, police said yesterday.
The 32-year-old man severed the organs with a kitchen knife at his suburban
home after an argument with a woman late Wednesday. Police said the man
placed the organs in a freezer and drove himself seven kilometers (five
miles) to a hospital. Hospital staff would not comment but a police spokesman
said the man had rejected attempts to sew the organs back on.
The spokesman said police had investigated but would not take action because
there was no apparent breach of the law.
[Hickory Daily Record, 21 December 1992] Ken Charles Barger, 47,
accidentally shot himself to death in December in Newton, N. C., when,
awakening to the sound of a ringing telephone beside his bed, he reached
for the phone but grabbed instead a Smith & Wesson .38 Special, which
discharged when he drew it to his ear.
[News of the Weird, 27 Apr 1993, San Jose Mercury News] Two California
miscreants paid a disproportionately high price for their crimes recently:
In Chatsworth, a 23-year-old man was killed by a train after he fell onto
the tracks as he was trying to sneak into a drive-in movie. And a man in
his 20s was killed when his body became wedged in the housing underneath
a bus he was using for a jail escape in Los Angeles.
[News of the Weird, 18 May 1993, San Jose Mercury News] A 24-year-old
salesman from Hialeah, Fla., was killed near Lantana, Fla., in March when
his car smashed into a pole in the median strip of Interstate 95 in the
middle of the afternoon. Police said that the man was traveling at 80 MPH
and, judging by the sales manual that was found open and clutched to his
chest, had been busy reading.
[Reuters, Mississauga, Ontario] Man slips, falls 23 stories to his
A man cleaning a bird feeder on his balcony of his condominium apartment
in this Toronto suburb slipped and fell 23 stories to his death, police
Stefan Macko, 55, was standing on a wheeled chair Sunday when the accident
occurred, said Inspector D'Arcy Honer of the Peel regional police.
"It appears the chair moved and he went over the balcony," Honer said.
"It's one of those freak accidents. No foul play is suspected."
[UPI, Toronto] Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of
windows in a downtown Toronto skyscraper crashed through a pane with his
shoulder and plunged 24 floors to his death.
A police spokesman said Garry Hoy, 39, fell into the courtyard of the Toronto
Dominion Bank Tower early Friday evening as he was explaining the strength
of the building's windows to visiting law students.
Hoy previously had conducted demonstrations of window strength according
to police reports. Peter Lauwers, managing partner of the firm Holden Day
Wilson, told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was ``one of the best and
brightest'' members of the 200-man association.
Slip Sliding Away
[AP, Mammoth Lakes] A San Anselmo man died yesterday when he hit
a lift tower at the Mammoth Mountain ski area while riding down the slope
on a foam pad, authorities said.
Matthew David Hubal, 22, was pronounced dead at Centinela Mammoth Hospital.
The accident occurred about 3 a.m., the Mono County Sheriff's Department
Hubal and his friends apparently had hiked up a ski run called Stump Alley
and undid some yellow foam protectors from the lift towers, said Lieutenant
Mike Donnelly of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.
The pads are used to protect skiers who might hit the towers.
The group apparently used the pads to slide down the ski slope and Hubal
crashed into a tower. It was not clear if the tower he hit was one with
its pad removed.
"With the cold temperatures, the snow was probably pretty fast," said Donnelly.
A Vapid Death
[Unknown, 25 March 1993] ...gives new meaning to the term ``he got
Terrible diet and room with no ventilation are being blamed for the death
of a men who was killed by his own gas. There was no mark on his body but
autopsy showed large amounts of methane gas in his system. His diet had
consisted of beans (they said what kind; I forgot) cabbage (and a couple
other things). It was just the right combination of foods.
It appears that the man died in his sleep from breathing from the poisonous
cloud that was hanging over his bed. The ME said, had he been outside or
had his windows opened it wouldn't have been fatal but the man was shut
up in his near airtight bedroom. He was ``...a big man with a huge capacity
for creating [this deadly gas].'' Three of the rescue workers got sick
and one was hospitalized.
[Reuters, Warsaw, Poland, 5 May 1995] A poacher electrocuting fish
in a lake in central Poland fell into the water and suffered the same fate
as his quarry, police said Thursday.
The 24-year-old man was one of four who went fishing with a cable, one
end of which they attached to a net and the other to a high-voltage electricity
supply line, the PAP news agency quoted a police official in Wloclawek
as saying. "For a while everything went according to the poachers' plan
and they had fish in their bags. But at a certain moment the man holding
the net tripped and fell into the water," the agency said. The other poachers
tried in vain to revive him, it said.
[AP, Cairo, Egypt, 31 Aug 1995] Six people drowned Monday while
trying to rescue a chicken that had fallen into a well in southern Egypt.
An 18-year-old farmer was the first to descend into the 60-foot well. He
drowned, apparently after an undercurrent in the water pulled him down,
His sister and two brothers, none of whom could swim well, went in one
by one to help him, but also drowned. Two elderly farmers then came to
help, but they apparently were pulled down by the same undercurrent.
The bodies of the six were later pulled out of the well in the village
of Nazlat Imara, 240 miles south of Cairo.
The chicken was also pulled out. It survived.
[AP, St. Louis] Robert Puelo, 32, was apparently being disorderly
in a St. Louis market. When the clerk threatened to call police, Puelo
grabbed a hot dog, shoved it in his mouth, and walked out without paying
Police found him unconscious in front of the store: paramedics removed
the six-inch wiener from his throat, where it had choked him to death.
[Unknown] To poacher Marino Malerba, who shot a stag standing above
him on an overhanging rock -- and was killed instantly when it fell on
[CNN, 6 Sep 96] The first fatality from hurricane Fran: In Virginia,
a woman driving an all-terrain vehicle attempted to drive through a flooded
river and was swept away and drowned.
The implied assumption was that she believed that all-terrain meant
Rhino kills Briton on reserve
[Adrian Lee] A BRITISH conservation worker was gored to death by
a rhinoceros at an African wildlife reserve after climbing into its enclosure.
Daniel Lipscombe, 22, from Guernsey, was helping the fully-grown male to
settle into its new surroundings when it charged. He died instantly at
the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, near Serowe, in Botswana. A graduate of Bristol
University, he was working as a volunteer, helping a breeding programme
for the endangered white rhinoceros. His parents, John and Nadia Lipscombe,
arrived at the sanctuary yesterday after flying from the Channel Islands.
The animal involved had just arrived at the reserve and Mr Lipscombe was
moving it between large enclosures known as bomas where
the animals are monitored for a few days before entering the main sanctuary.
It was the first time he had carried out the monitoring work and colleagues
said it was not standard practice to enter a boma with a rhinoceros.
Rachel Potasznik, the administrator of the sanctuary, said: "All rhinos
are dangerous but they are not normally aggressive." Mr Lipscombe
was not carrying a weapon or stick, she said. "This was a tragic accident
... we don't understand why he was inside the boma."
The rhinoceros, which is more than 30 years old, will not be destroyed.
Miss Potasznik, an American, said: "Daniel would be horrified if we killed
the animal. It cannot be blamed."
"Daniel was a gentle, caring, self-effacing man and we will all miss him,"
The white rhinoceros is one of five rhino species left in the world and
is the commonest, mainly because of strict conservation policies in South
Angry Thai elephant kills man over banana tease
[Bangkok, 27 July 1996] A domesticated Thai elephant trampled and
killed a man after he teased it with a banana, police said on Saturday.
Police in Ayutthaya province north of Bangkok said the male elephant, Yogi,
charged and killed the man on Friday after he repeatedly offered the animal
a banana and took it away as it reached out with its trunk.
The man was drunk, police said.
A filmmaker was producing a documentary for truck drivers about the dangers
of low overpasses. He was on the back of one truck, filming a following
truck, when he was knocked off and killed by, you guessed it, a low overpass.
If you're tall, duck!
A man was killed by a Coke machine, which toppled over on top of him as
he was attempting to tip a free soda out of it.
Man vs. Machine
Gresham, Oregon, police shot and killed a woman who was holding her cat
at knifepoint in a grocery store.
James Burns, 34, of Alamo, Mich., was killed in March as he was trying
to repair what police described as a "farm-type dump truck." Burns got
a friend to drive the truck on a highway while Burns hung underneath so
that he could ascertain the source of a troubling noise. Burns's clothes
caught on something, however, and the other man found Burns "wrapped in
the drive shaft."
It only rattled when he listened
[Gannett News Service, Detroit, 1 October 1996] A 41-year-old man
trying to retrieve hs cars keys drowned in 2 feet of water when he became
stuck head-down in an 18-inch-wide sewer grate.
Man drowns with head stuck in sewer grate
Ray Langston's keys fell through the holes in a heavy metal storm grate
over the weekend, police said. Determined to retrieve them, Langston got
a coat hanger, forced open the grate and stuck his head inside.
"He couldn't get out," said his brother, Dwight Langston. "Some people
tried to help him, but I guess it was too late."
By the time Ray Langston was pulled free, he had drowned, his brother said.
He was pronounced dead about an hour after he became stuck Saturday, police
Dwight Langston, not home when his brother drowned, said he later checked
the grate and couldn't believe his brother was able to work himself inside.
"It was just a small space."
Hungry Python Kills Owner
FROM QUENTIN LETTS IN NEW YORK
[Times of London electronic version, October 11 1996] A NEW YORK
teenager was crushed to death by his pet python after he had failed to
keep the snake properly fed, police reported.
Grant Williams, 19, was found unconscious in a pool of blood, the life
practically squeezed out of him by a 12ft Burmese python named Damien,
which was still wrapped over his body. The snake had been given nothing
more than a single dead chicken in the past week and may have been crazed
Mr Williams was found in the hallway. He may have been trying to escape
the flat to summon help. Medical orderlies summoned the strength
of body and of mind to lift the 45lb, 5in-thick python off Mr Williams
and hurl it into an adjacent room, but the snake lover died in hospital.
At the time of the attack, Mr Williams was preparing to feed Damien a live
chicken. It is possible that the python, peckish, opted for the larger
prey. When on the brink of a kill, the Burmese python (Molorus bivattatus)
can move with deadly speed, and there are few creatures able to escape
Mr Williams may have suspected that his familiarity with Damien placed
him above danger, but a hungry python does not quibble about such niceties.
Captain Thomas Kelly, from the 46th precinct, said: "It looks accidental."
Mr Williams and his brother kept a number of snakes, many uncaged, in their
Bronx flat. The dead man's mother, Carmelita Williams, said that she had
tried to persuade her son to abandon his hobby. "I begged him to get rid
of the python," she said, weeping. "I even threatened to call the police."
Damien was last night caged at an animal control centre, after being fed.
Its fate is uncertain.
Dumbells ...No pain, no gain
[AP, THIS is TRUE, 10 November 1996] Four bodybuilders from Massapequa
Park, N.Y., couldn't get steroids to help them bulk up, so they decided
to make their own using a recipe from the "Underground Steroid Handbook".
"They were supposed to let it sit for a while until it reached a certain
pH level," a Nassau County police spokesman said. "But they did not wait.
At the level they drank it, it was like drinking lye."
Police officers responding to the scene found the fumes so strong they
had to be treated for chemical inhalation. One of the barbellers is in
"very critical condition" and another is in "critical but stable" condition.
Blasting Cap Explodes in Man's Mouth at Party
[Associated Press, Kincaid, W. VA] A man at a party popped a blasting
cap into his mouth and bit down, triggering an explosion that blew off
his lips, teeth and tongue, state police said Wednesday.
Jerry Stromyer, 24, of Kincaid, bit the blasting cap as a prank during
a party late Tuesday night, said Cpl. M.D. Payne.
``Another man had it in an aquarium, hooked to a battery, and was trying
to explode it,'' Payne said. ``It wouldn't go off and this guy said, `I'll
show you how to set it off.'
``He put it in his mouth and bit down. It blew all his teeth off, his tongue
and his lips,'' Payne said.
Stromyer was listed in guarded condition Wednesday with extensive facial
injuries, according to a spokesman at Charleston Area Medical Division.
``I just can't imagine anyone doing something like that,'' Payne said.
[UPI, Portland, OR] Doctors at Portland's University Hospital said
Wednesday an Oregon man shot through the skull by a hunting arrow is lucky
to be alive, and will be released soon from the hospital.
Tony Roberts, 25, lost his right eye last weekend during an initiation
into a men's rafting club, Mountain Men Anonymous, in Grants Pass, Ore.
A friend tried to shoot a beer can off his head, but the arrow entered
Roberts' right eye. Doctors said had the arrow gone 1 millimeter to the
left, a major blood vessel would have cut and Roberts would have died instantly.
Neurosurgeon Dr. Johnny Delashaw at the University Hospital in Portland
said the arrow went through 8 to 10 inches of brain, with the tip protruding
at the rear of his skill, yet somehow managed to miss all major blood vessels.
Delashaw also said had Robert tried to pull the arrow out on his own he
surely would have killed himself.
Roberts admitted afterwards he and his friends had been drinking that afternoon.
Said Roberts, ``I feel so dumb about this.''
No charges have been filed but the Josephine Coudistrict attorney's office
said the initiation stunt is under investigation.
[Times of London] A THIEF who sneaked into a hospital was scarred
for life when he tried to get a suntan.
After evading security staff at Odstock Hospital in Salisbury, Wiltshire,
and helping himself to doctors' paging devices, the thief spotted a vertical
sunbed. He walked into the unit and removed his clothes for a 45-minute
However, the high-voltage UV machine at the hospital, which is renowned
for its treatment of burns victims, has a maximum dosage of ten seconds.
After lying on the bed for almost 300 times the recommended maximum time
the man was covered in blisters.
Hours later, when the pain of the burns became unbearable, he went to Southampton
General Hospital, 20 miles away, in Hampshire. Staff became suspicious
because he was wearing a doctor's coat. After tending his wounds they called
Southampton police said: "This man broke into Odstock and decided he fancied
a quick suntan. Doctors say he is going to be scarred for life."
Last night police confirmed that a man was arrested for theft.
She Wanted Me
[London Telegraph, 29 June 1996] A MAN needed surgery for a gash
in his groin after he was mauled by a bear at San Diego Zoo, California.
Matthew Settles, 28, was attacked by the female Manchurian bear when he
jumped into the enclosure. Settles, who comes from San Diego, told rescuers
he had climbed the safety barrier surrounding the enclosure after the animals
"motioned for him to join them".
What looks like a friendly approach quickly turned into an attack. Zoo
workers found Settles in a small pool in the enclosure, the water reddened
by his blood.
They used high-pressure hoses and fire extinguisher blasts to drive the
animals away. Settles was alert and talking when he taken to the trauma
unit at Mercy Hospital after the incident on Friday, said Kathy Maroni,
"The injury was potentially life-threatening, but he came out fine. Had
the claw gone one inch either way, it could have been different," she said.
Bill Robinson, of San Diego police, said Settles would be having a psychiatric
The bears, found mainly in China, usually eat roots and bulbs and are not
aggressive by nature. However, threats to their territory can provoke attacks.
Thrifty camper spurns site and picks shocking place to pitch tent
BY MICHAEL HORSNELL
[Times of London, September 1996] A CAMPER survived a 33,000 volt
shock when he pitched his tent inside an electricity sub-station after
deciding to save money by not using a nearby campsite.
The holidaymaker, aged 23, ignored the danger signs and scaled a pair of
9ft high spiked fences to get into the site near Norwich at night. It seems
he suffered a massive shock while lifting his metal tent pole, which probably
touched high voltage equipment in the darkness. The alarm was raised by
a passerby who saw a flash and heard the man cry out. An ambulance crew
had to wait for firemen to release him. The camper, whom police will not
identify, suffered burns to his hands and was sent to the Norfolk and Norwich
David Betteridge, spokesman for Eastern Electricity, said: "This man is
extremely lucky to be alive. To escape with only minor burns is extraordinarily
fortunate. Sub-stations are extremely dangerous. It is difficult to imagine
a more unsuitable place to put up a tent for the night."
The spokesman added: "He could have got a shock just from moving his pole
too close to some of the electrical gear. It need not necessarily have
touched it. It is possible his life was saved by his tent pole touching
the ground so much of the voltage was earthed."
A Norfolk police spokesman said: "This man has been told in no uncertain
terms that he should not have been in the sub-station."
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