If the thought of being buried alive makes your stomach feel as though it’s about to burst out of your bottom, this one probably isn’t for you.
Spoiler alert: the stunt went horribly wrong, and poor ol’ Britton almost died after falling unconscious beneath all that dirt.
Watch Britton talking about the ordeal below:
Britton ended up being dragged, lifeless, out of the ground by his team after nearly nine minutes.
As the minutes ticked away, they realised something must have gone wrong and started frantically searching for Britton, who was taken to hospital by ambulance and suffered a cracked rib and scratches.
Speaking to NPR after the ordeal, Britton went into spine-chilling detail about what it feels like to be buried alive, saying: “To start off with, it's painful. There's no coffin there, there's no casket — nothing there to protect your body.
“I remember the first bucket of soil hit me — it was a bit of a shock. But then it was a case of, ‘Right, we're here, we're doing it’.
He added: “And then when the second one hit me, it was more like a foot on your body, and you could feel the soil compressing around you.
“Each bucket that went on to you — obviously the crushing that is coming from the front, you know, underneath you. It's coming from the sides of you, it's going on top of you.”
Still with us? Good, because it gets even grimmer. Britton also described the exact moment he knew something was wrong, explaining: “I think the soil shifted or something, and I got my right arm trapped. It was trapped between my body and the actual soil itself.
“So, at that point, it was, ‘Crikey, I can't move my right arm’. Anyway, I felt myself going unconscious, and I was just trying to focus on, ‘You've got to do this, you've got to escape the grave’."
Britton was following in the footsteps of legendary magic man Harry Houdini - who tried but failed to dig out of his own grave in 1915 - and escapologist Alan Alan, who also failed to pull off the stunt in 1949.
As it turned out, Britton was only around two feet from the surface before he passed out, quipping at the time: “So close, but so far!”
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