By Katie Nelson
Images have recently surfaced of a Luzhou man who took a deadly leap from a 21 meter high bridge after allegedly being inspired by daredevil scenes from action films. The images document the man during his plunge into the Tuojiang River, as well as his body floating in the water, seemingly unconscious, moments after.
The man, 21 year old Wang Zijian, was reportedly a parkour enthusiast. “The [parkour-stunt] craze – where fans perform acrobatics in urban settings like balconies and high buildings – has become a huge hit after appearing in action films like James Bond and The Bourne movies,” according to the Daily Mail.
These daredevil-style stunts have been the cause of several fatalities in the past.
Authorities investigating the case said that on April 6, Wang Zijian made plans to meet up with his friends at the Tuojiang River Bridge No.1 so that he could finally ‘conquer’ the river.
His friends documented him as he stood on top of the bridge surrounded by onlookers and as he floated, mid-jump, in the air before hitting the river.
The images that follow show a disturbing scene of Wang Zijian allegedly struggling in the water before losing consciousness and drowning. Witnesses said that he made slight movements about 10 seconds after hitting the surface, then slowly sank into the depths of the river.
Wang Zijian’s friends called for help after his jump, but by the time police and rescuers arrived, he had already disappeared beneath the surface of the water.
When the images were first posted on an internet forum, netizens pointed out that while bystanders are noticeably present at the scene, nobody bothered to stop the man from performing the deadly act.
This is not the first time Chinese citizens have received criticism for turning a blind eye to people in life-threatening situations.
[Via China Smack]