Teen drowns after riding bicycle in French river in new Facebook stunt

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Port de la Roche Bernard and La Vilaine river from La Couronne, La Roche Bernard, Morbihan, Brittany, France
Port de la Roche Bernard and La Vilaine river from La Couronne, La Roche Bernard, Morbihan, Brittany, France


A 19-year-old boy has died after performing a new Facebook stunt where he rode his bicycle into a river in France.

The teenager drowned in the Vilaine river in western Brittany while a friend filmed him performing the stunt.

According to Sky News, his friend suffered serious injuries after diving headfirst into shallow water.

The Facebook fad has seen people challenging each other to jump fully clothed into rivers and the sea and be filmed.

Police have warned of the dangers and took to Facebook to criticise the "dramatic and stupid" game.

A police warning read: "Don't be influenced by a stupid phenomenon of the moment."

Police chief Colonel Sylvain Laniel told International Business Times: "The young man drowned after being thrown into the water with his bicycle as part of a challenge.

"The victim had seen fit to tie his bike to his leg to recover, but there were six-metres deep and could not go back."

The new craze comes after up to five deaths caused by drinking game Neknominate in February.

According to the BBC, the dare involved people filming themselves downing alcohol and nominating someone else to continue.

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