A man was rushed to hospital after his Ice Bucket Challenge stunt was badly miscalculated.
Photographer Bruno Brokken had arranged for a firefighting plane to dowse him with 400 gallons of water as it flew over his head at an aerodrome near Girona in North-Eastern Spain.
However, when the daredevil stunt took place yesterday morning, the 51 year-old Belgian was knocked unconscious from the force of the impact of the water, which had been dropped from a height of 22 feet. The plane used in the stunt is more usually seen dropping water on Spanish forest fires.
Mr Brokken was airlifted to the nearby Josep Trueta Hospital and was described as being in a “critical” condition; however, since his admission, his condition has improved and he is set to make a full recovery.
Rolf Kuratle, who works at Skydive Empuriabrava, a company based at the aerodrome, said: “They had arranged to do it as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge craze. The pilot flew a fire-fighting plane, the kind used to put out forest fires, and dumped the load onto his friend. They obviously miscalculated how much water it was.”
Spanish police are investigating the stunt, which was planned to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease, which has seen hundred of thousands of people being dowsed by icy water and donating to charity. However, it has seen some casualties, and the death of teenager Cameron Lancaster on Monday is thought to be linked with the challenge.