TikTok boat jumping challenge in Alabama

A TikTok boat jumping challenge in which people jump off the back of boats while moving at high speed has been blamed for four deaths in Alabama. The challenge, which has been popularized on TikTok, involves people engaging in dangerous water activities.

Those who participate in the challenge are launched from the back of a boat into the wake behind it, as the boat continues to move. Now, officials in Alabama have said the new fad has claimed the lives of four people, after having their necks snapped instantly. Authorities said they had dealt with four drownings in the past six months that were “easily preventable.”

TikTok boat jumping challenge that sees people jump off vessels moving at high speed

Captain Jim Dennis of the Childersburg Rescue Squad told WPDE: “In the last six months we have had four drownings that were easily preventable.” ‘They were doing a TikTok challenge. It’s where you get on a speeding boat, you jump off the side of the boat, you don’t dive, you jump feet first and just lean into the water.


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“The four that we responded to when they jumped off the boat literally broke their necks and, you know, basically instant deaths.” Captain Dennis continued: “I think people, if they’re being filmed on camera, I think they’re more likely to do something stupid because they want to show off in front of their friends on social media.”

He said one incident was in February when the victim was a father with his three children, wife and other loved ones on the boat, and his death was recorded. WPDE said the most recent incident in Alabama occurred in May and involved a middle-aged man. TikTok images of the madness show people throwing themselves off the back of fast-moving boats into rough water.

Video is believed to have been captured in Lake Norman, North Carolina, showing five people jumping and leaping into the water. Following the news from Alabama in recent days, the images, which were originally shared in 2021, have been inundated with comments warning of the deaths.


One person commented: ‘That’s too dangerous, not cool.’ Another posted: ‘So dangerous! Four people have broken their necks and died from this. It’s not the first trend claiming lives to have turned the social media app upside down, with two teenagers dying after taking part in the Benadryl Challenge.

He sees people, usually children, swallow multiple antihistamine tablets to induce hallucinations before posting videos of their experience. Jacob Stevens, 13, died in April this year after Chloe Marie Phillips, 15, died in August 2020 after taking part in the trend.Read More………

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