Four young people living in the state of Alabama in the US lost their lives due to TikTok's popular 'challenge'. The challenge, which has recently become a trend on TikTok, which has about 2 billion users around the world, has also brought dangerous movements. The 'boat jumping' trend, which asks people to jump from the back of boats moving at high speed, resulted in the death of four people in Alabama with broken necks.
According to the Daily Mail, Alabama authorities said that four people have died in the last six months as a result of participating in 'boat jumping'. Captain Jim Dennis of the Childersburg Rescue Squad said, "We've had four drownings in the last six months that could have easily been prevented. They were doing a TikTok challenge. These individuals literally broke their necks and this is a sudden death."
Captain Dennis continued: "I think people are more likely to do something stupid if they are being filmed on camera because they want to show off in front of their friends for social media."
One incident happened in February, the official said, adding that the deceased was on the boat with his three children, wife and other relatives. The most recent incident in Alabama occurred in May and killed a middle-aged man, Dennis said. Two children, aged 13 and 15, also lost their lives due to the 'boat jumping' challenge.
Meanwhile, the 'boat jumping' trend first emerged in 2020.