In what has to be one of the dumbest stunts I’ve ever seen on YouTube, a British vlogger had to be rescued after jumping off London’s Tower Bridge into the River Thames yesterday.
17-year-old Shah Faisal Shinwari, whose YouTube channel Carnage boasts just over 27,000 subscribers, was challenged to jump the off the bridge by one of his viewers.
His ‘friend’ can be heard shouting “just go on, do it” right before the 17-year old made the jump and found himself being helplessly swept away by the currents.
Even though the River Thames looks calm and idyllic from a distance, over 20 billion liters of water moving at around 5 mph on its surface cause the river to rise and fall more than 7 meters with every tide. It also supports strong undercurrents which move at up to 10 mph and can easily drag a person underwater. The combination of these strong currents, as well as waterlogged clothes and cold shock, have caused 34 people to lose their lives in the river over the last four years alone.
Thankfully, a crew of Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers were nearby, and managed to get Shinwari out of the water before he won a Darwin Award. He was taken to St. Thomas Hospital where he was treated for an infection caused by swallowing dirty water.
If there’s a lesson here, and it really should be obvious, it’s: Don’t jump off bridges.
Shinwari has announced he will donate every penny he earns from his idiotic stunt to the people who saved his life.