A man, Acton Beale, 20, is dead after plunging seven stories to his death below after “planking” atop a balcony railing in Brisbane, Australia as his friend photographed him.
Planking, a strange internet sensation, involves someone lying flat on their stomach in unusual and sometimes dangerous situations, and then posting the photographs on social media sites like Facebook.
One Facebook fan page for the activity has 90,000 fans and hundreds of photos of people lying on chimneys, camels, and other objects.
“This morning we have seen a young man take this activity a step further and attempt to plank on a balcony,” said Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett.
“Unfortunately he has tragically fallen to his death.”
A man was caught planking on top of a police car last week in Brisbane and was arrested for molesting police equipment without a lawful excuse.
Sergeant Matthew Russell, of the Gladstone police: “”While we appreciate the activity is light-hearted fun, putting yourself and others at risk and breaking the law will not be tolerated…”
“As planking gains popularity, there may be more injuries and potentially further deaths,” Barnett said.