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Man Killed While Taking Part In Facebook Cold Water Challenge

“The danger is that the groups want to out do each other and always take greater risks.”

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A 34-year-old man in western Germany has died after being crushed by a mechanical digger while taking part in a Facebook craze called the cold water challenge.

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Five other people were injured when the vehicle toppled on top of them in Isselburg.

The digger's bucket had reportedly been filled with 2,000 litres of water and was supposed to be poured over the men.

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However, as it was lifted above the group, who were sat on a bench, the weight of the water caused the digger to tip over and squash them.

Isselburg deputy mayor Klaus Dieter Spaan told German newspaper Bild: "It was harmless fun. Someone would dump a bucket of water from the town hall over them.

"But now everything is different. We all regret this tragic accident.

"The danger is that the groups want to out do each other and always take greater risks."

The cold water challenge is much like neknominate in that it is a dare passed on between friends across Facebook.

Participants have 24 hours to carry out the challenge or donate $100 to a charity of their choice.

It has progressed from people pouring freezing water over themselves to jumping into cold lakes.

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Even frozen ones.

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A 19-year-old man died in France in June while taking part in the challenge.

He reportedly rode his bicycle into a river in western Brittany and drowned after he tied the bike to his leg.

According to Sky News, police in France have now warned people not to be "influenced by a stupid phenomenon of the moment".

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