Face Split Diving Accident Video

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This post has been translated into French as Visage Fendu dans Accident de Plongeon (en Français), into Portuguese as Video Acidente de Mergulho Rostro Dividida Ao Meio (em Português ), into Spanish as Video Accidente de Clavadista con Cara Partida (en Español), into Finnish as Sukellusonnettomuus (on Suomen), into Serbo-Croatian as Ronilačkih Nezgoda Sa Licem Podijeljen U Dva (u Srpsko-hrvatski ) and into Italian as Incidente Di Tuffo Che Divide Il Viso In Due (traduzione in Italiano).
Bad reactions to the video including nausea, vomiting, dry heaves, paleness, shivering, shaking, spinal chills, headache, rapid heartbeat, nightmares, inability to stop thinking of the video and pain in the face, have been reported. Adverse reactions have lasted up to three days. Please exercise caution in viewing the video.
This is one of the latest viral videos going around. It actually appeared on the Net around the third week of July, but it’s only started going viral in a huge way around the second week of September. In general, it never has a name. It first appeared on Arabic and Turkish sites, and finally found its way around the Net.
It’s just referred to by some description of the event like, Horrible Diving Accident, Bridge Fail, Worst Diving Accident, Horrific Diving AccidentAwesome Diving Accident, Disgusting Diving Accident, Jump Accident, Cellphone Horrific Diving Accident and Diving Accident. I named it Dive Fail since I could not think of anything better.
There’s really no “violence” in this video. It’s just a video of a horrible accident.
A teenager, a 16 year old boy, dives off the seaside promenade in Beirut and slips before the dive. The slip causes him to miss the ocean and instead hit the concrete slab below where fishermen fish. He hits the concrete face first, then goes into the ocean. In a short while, the ocean for yards around has turned red with blood. There are people and boats in the water trying to help the guy, and girls are screaming all over the place.
The scene then shifts to a hospital where the poor guy is being overseen by a team of doctors and nurses. His face has been split clear in two down the middle vertically!
He is still alive and conscious, he’s still breathing, and his tongue is still moving around. He appears terrified. The doctor a couple of times takes the sides of his face and pushes them together to make a whole face again. The doctor supposedly says, “Where do I begin?” a few times in Arabic.
People are wondering how he could survive such an injury, and the front part of his brain may have been injured, but others are saying that it appears to be intact. At any rate, basic things like breathing are done by the brain stem. The brain stem appears to be intact.
People are also wondering about pain. The brain has no pain receptors. On the other hand, the damage to his face must be very painful.
There are a lot of rumors saying that this video is fake, but apparently it is a real video. We know this because people in Lebanon are reporting it. Some had friends who were at the Promenade that day, others said it was reported in the Lebanese press and others say that they were aware of stories on the street about the video. There is an article in Arabic from the Lebanese press online proving that this event occurred, but it’s in the archives, and looking through the archives costs money.
This event occurred in Beirut in the second week of June 2009. The teenager and his brother were showing off their diving skills by diving off the Manara Promenade (photo), which is right across from the American University on the shore of Beirut’s harbor.
This part of the Promenade is called Al-Rawsha, and it’s long been popular with divers, although officials have always frowned on it. In fact, like the Golden Gate Bridge, it’s also long been popular with suicides and attempted suicides.
It’s a long way off the Manara Promenade to the ocean, over 40 feet. The first part of the video shows his brother making a successful dive. He and his brother had made several jumps before and everything had gone fine, but this time he slips, and disaster unfolds.
This part was shot with a Nokia cellphone which shoots dark in the afternoon. This segment was shot by a girl at the scene who can be heard screaming, “Oh my God! Oh my God! Someone call the Civil Defense!” in Arabic. People are saying that the video is fake because his friends would not shoot him diving, but the girl filming is just some girl who was there filming the divers. Lots of people film them with cellphones when they dive.
This actually is not the original video from Lebanon. In Lebanon, there were two videos, the first one of the diving accident. It’s apparently two different videos spliced together. This one started going around Lebanon later in the day after the accident. The second video reportedly was shot in the hospital and started going around later. In the original Lebanese video, there is no fade out after he hits, for one thing. The original video from Lebanon is not currently available, but we may be able to get it soon.
The second part of the clip is the same kid in the hospital, but was shot with a different cellphone so it looks different. The hospital staff is definitely speaking Lebanese Arabic. This part of the clip was shot in the brightly lit ER of the American University Hospital, which is only ¼ mile away from where the accident took place. That’s why things are so much brighter in this part of the clip.
People are saying that there is no way that such a clip could have been shot in an ER, however, in the Developing World, it is quite common for family, friends, etc. to be present in the ER right next to the patient’s bed as the staff hovers around them.
It’s also not uncommon that they have a cellphone on them and record the goings-on. That would probably be pretty weird in the US, but in the Arab World, no one thinks anything of it.
As you can see in the hospital footage, they have him intubated, which is an excellent idea. However, he is not on a ventilator, nor are there any signs of monitoring equipment such a pulse oximeter. Also they did not put him in C-Spine precautions (C-collar, backboard, strapped down).
The physician is focusing on holding his face together, possibly in order to protect the airway. Critics are saying that the doctor is “playing” with the face, and no doctor would even do that, but I don’t think is playing with it. I think he’s trying to fix it.
Medical personnel in the US were saying the video is fake because apparently he is not receiving proper medical care. Keep in mind that this is Lebanon. He is getting reasonable medical care, but I think it is safe to say he is not receiving the best of medical care.
All the surgeons could do was to stitch up his very deep and severe wounds in his face. Although some clinicians on the Net have said that a good ENT could patch this kid up good, this poor guy could not be saved. But all they were able to do was to keep him alive in the ICU for two hours before he died. Death was reportedly due to internal bleeding.
The city of Beirut has tried to stop such nonsense by putting up railings and barbed wire where people like to dive, but teenage boys and even young men in their 20’s keep on diving off the Promenade in very risky circumstances. Before this accident, there were a number of other horrible diving accidents in this area, all involving teenage boys and young men.
There is a recent post that details a different video that supposedly proves that this video is fake. In the other video, the hospital footage is said to be of a failed 9mm suicide. However, no way can a 9mm do that kind of damage to your face.
Furthermore, in a longer video version of the ER scene, the two doctors are said to be discussing in Lebanese Arabic how he landed “on a rock” when he jumped into the water. This dialogue would not exist in a gun suicide video.
In addition, some are saying that the victim in the failed gun suicide video had a similar injury that differed from this one in certain ways, in particular, this one has a dichotomy of the jaw at the chin and the other did not.
There are claims that instead of a 9mm failed suicide, this is a shotgun failed suicide. However, there are many photos of shotgun suicides on the Web, for instance, at Rotten.com . In general, shotgun failed suicides do not neatly clove one’s face in two in the way that this injury did.
This is all very confusing, and there is no proof one way or the other at the moment. If it’s really a failed gun suicide, why are they speaking Lebanese Arabic just like they are speaking during the dive accident?
Sources in Lebanon who were there at the promenade and witnessed the dive accident claim that the word on the street in Lebanon is that the second half was shot in the hospital and is footage of aftermath of the diving accident. In addition, the young man in the hospital at the end is wearing swim trunks, just as the diver wore. What are the chances that a video of a failed shotgun suicide by a young man wearing a bathing suit occurred and was filmed in Lebanon around the same time of this accident?
Many people have questioned the nature of the wound. It does not seem to be possible to hit a concrete slab and split your face vertically like he did. However, if you look at the dive footage, there is steel casing around the concrete slab that he hits. The concrete slab has worn away and a lot of the steel casing is exposed. The steel casing runs parallel to the shoreline. Even then, hitting the steel casing would seem to be a horizontal hit.
However, look at the way that the boy is flailing wildly in the air. In his dive, he is twisting and turning like the wind. With such a flailing dive, and probably curving to try to avoid the concrete, it’s possible for him to him to turn the 90 degrees he needs to turn to hit the sharp edge of the steel casing vertically instead of horizontally, which would result in the injury we see later.
There is another theory suggesting that the hospital footage is not even real – it’s faked using special effects. I find this dubious. Looking at the cheap quality of the video especially and the fact that faking something like this is the terrain of motion picture studios with huge budgets, I think it is clear that the guy in the hospital suit is not “some rubber thing.” One problem is that the hospital guy is quite pale, while the jumper is a typical brown-skinned Arab. This is possible is the diver lost a lot of blood.
Another suggestion, perhaps not as odd as it sounds, is that he is already dead on the ER table. The body can make a few involuntary movements after death, there are death rattles, and the breathing is said to have been artificially forced by the tube.
But why tube a dead man? And if you look closely, you can see that his tongue is moving, and his chest is going up and down. He appears to be gasping for breath. A funeral director on the Web felt that he was still very much alive. She also said gun suicide injuries never cleave the head so perfectly. Only accidents can do that.
But until can sort this out, this video will remain somewhat mysterious.
At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter if the video is “fake” or not, because it isn’t. The dive footage is real, and the kid really did die from the dive two hours later. The hospital footage is of a real person, apparently one who died soon afterward. Does it matter if it’s of the diving kid or of some kid who tried to blow his brains out?
No, it doesn’t matter. When we watch a scary Hollywood movie, do we all scream, “Fake!”? Of course not. What matters is if a movie is scary.
And this video is downright terrifying, whether the two vignettes, one on the promenade and one in the operating room, are connected or not. They are both real footage, and it doesn’t matter if it’s the same person or not. It’s scary like Saw or Hostel is scary. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.
There is something really creepy about this video that I can’t quite put a finger on.
From the very amateurish trilingual warning at the beginning (Arabic, French and English, suggesting once again it was made in Lebanon) to the horrible screams after he hits, to the blood-red ocean spreading in a large area around the 20-30 people gathered in the water to help him, to the absolutely terrifying scene in the hospital where the poor kid, incredibly, has a face split clear in two.
The labored, terrified breathing of the victim combined with what appears to be a the look of horror on what’s left of his face is something that really stays with you.
Throughout the video, there is some weird, cheesy, hard to describe instrumental music going in the background for some strange reason that really adds to the fear. This music is actually the soundtrack to a medical show on US TV that may or may not be on anymore. It’s either the soundtrack to ER or Chicago Hope.
The amateurish cellphone footage that jumps around jerkily also in some way makes the video even scarier. I think maybe the frightening thing about all this amateurishness of the video is that it makes it seem so real (i.e. – it’s not just a Hollywood movie!)
I was traumatized for several days after watching this thing, and I’ve watched a lot of nasty stuff.
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235 thoughts on “Face Split Diving Accident Video”

  1. i bet if he was in a world class hospital there would heve been a chance to save his life. but even if they did would he really want to live like that??? i wouldnt. but at the end of the day what happened happened and we cant change that. all the best to his family and friends.

  2. Hello all , i am lebanese and i heard about the story he did not die 2 days after! he died after 2 hours of being in the american hospital about 1/4 mile away from the nahr( river)

  3. Hey Robert,
    I agree with your first posting. I just saw this for the first time today and I can’t stop thinking about it. It had a very eery vibe to it, very hard to describe. I feel that there is a good chance it is not fake based on the observations you made. I don’t care what a person did in their life or where they come from…this is not a way for anyone to go. I can’t imagine how the person felt (if he was even conscious) or how the family coped. There are really no words to describe an accident like this. I do have a comment to make about the doctor holding the face together and apparently stating, “Where do I begin?”…Really, ask yourself, “where DO I begin?” I am simply just a nursing student, not a ER/Trauma doctor by any means. Earlier, a gentleman stated that these injuries could be fixed and if the boy died, it was from brain trauma or a spinal injury. In my opinion, that could very well be correct. There are medical phenomenons we all hear about circulatiing the internet; some true, some not. Obviously, if I was a nurse working that day in that ER I would be more qualified to deal with those situations, lol, so my answers my be a little different at that point…but thinking about what I would do from my stand point now? They tell you to assess for the ABCs (airway, breathing, circulation), so naturally, that would be my first step. However, doctor or not, there is no way you can look at that poor child without saying out loud, or to yourself, (pardon my french, I realize this isn’t professional) “that boy is f*cked!” I’m sorry, but even if he did survive, there is no comming back from that. His quality of life he would have had would make “letting him go” a blessing…

  4. Nice blog, your description was so vivid that it actually made me feel queasier than the video itself (well OK, maybe not the first time I saw it). I actually think it’s important that young(ish) people see this, as it is a graphic reminder that they are not invincible, and that diving off a pier is probably not a great idea… It wouldn’t be so bad if he had died instantly (assuming that the vignettes are of the same unfortunate guy), but the fact that he was still breathing, tongue flailing about, with his face split in two – and the possibility that he may have been in this state for hours – is genuinely disturbing.

  5. I love how people think that if this child had lived after such a horrific accident that it would be less tragic. Imagine living your life from the time your 16 on with that kind of trauma. never normal, tube fed for who knows how long unable to communicate, see or speak, how man surgical procedures you would have to endure. The quality of life would be terrible. I would rather be dead then exist in that world.
    before you all go talking shit about personal experience. my mother die from Lou Gerick disease. she made a choices, quality of life choices. what kind of life is being on a machine keeping you alive.

  6. FUCK ALL OF YOU! I WANTED TO SEE THAT FUCKING DIVING ACCIDENT VIDEO, BUT NO! YOU CUNTS JUST HAD TO BE FUCKING DIFFICULT! FUCK FUCK FUCK! FUCK YOU!
    YOU’RE ALL CUNTS ‘N FUCKING BASTARDS! SUCK A DICK, YOU USELESS CUNTS! GET FUCKING FUCKED!
    YOU CAN ALL GET FUCKED FOR FUCK SAKE, YOU FUCKING USLESS FUCK-HEADED FUCK-WITTS! FUCK EV’RY ONE OF YOU! FUCKING HELL! YOU’RE ALL ASSHOLES ‘N CUNT-FACED WANKERS!

    1. You couldn’t follow a fucking link? You’re an idiot. If you jumped off a ledge and cracked your head open I doubt that we would see anything inside.

    2. “YOU’RE ALL ASSHOLES ‘N CUNT-FACED WANKERS!”
      Odd. From what I understand, ‘asshole’ is an american word and ‘wanker’ is a british/austrailian word, but they’re used together in the same sentence.
      Is the word ‘asshole’ becoming more prevalent in these other countries? It’s the reverse of San Franciso: Now asshole is penetrating something else.

  7. The first time I saw this video was in an EMT class. I’ve watched it again a few times afterwords. The intubation seems correct, and would have been performed prehospital. I have seen severe trauma cause “case splitting” of the skull like this before in car crashes. Also the construction of the pier would most certainly be steel framed concrete, which in turn would give a perfect mechanism to cause such an injury. In the ER the skin would be much more pale. The combined effects of homorhaggic shock, and likely neurological shock would turn a person of any color pale. Suicide by gun leaves distinctive entrance and exit wounds. The angle and quality of the shot in the ER is poor, but in my opinion the wound observed in the ER is from blunt force trauma, not a GSW. A GSW to the head leaves a ballooning pattern with small caliber ammunition such as 9mm, .40, .45, .38. A GSW to the head with a shotgun or rifle round would have physically removed parts of the head, and as you can see from the video there are no missing parts. A suicide by gun would also leave powder burns on the face which would be easily visible, even with this poorly shot film. As a rule of thumb anything over 20 feet is considered severe trauma and usually involves a helicopter. This jump was clearly close to 40 feet if not more. The damage done to any skeletal structure impacted would be severe. The fact that a grown person hit an angular piece of steel from 40 feet should let you know the victim died.
    This video appears real. And I hope this young man serves as a warning to others. Don’t be an idiot. If it looks dangerous, it is dangerous. Doctors and paramedics can fix a lot of things, but we can’t put your brain back into your skull and call you alive.

  8. Another observation. If the trauma was severe enough to cause massive skull fracturing like this, then there would certainly be internal injuries as well. You’re looking at a speed of about 55kph (35mph for all us Americans =] ) Try to think about it like this…The boy appeared stocky…lets say 160lbs, he would have impacted that tiny surface area with over 8500 joules of energy which is roughly 75000 lbs per square inch. That would be the same as planting 12 tractor trailers on the boys midline. I’ve done my math in explaining trauma for the day =)

  9. I watched the video twice. I’ve seen things like this before, in person. Death, especially when unnecessary is a tragic thing, but it happens everyday. Perhaps I’m desensitized, but it didn’t bother me one bit.

  10. Wow i am 14 but i think i am even more traumatiside then other people i was really sorry that i watched this movie. Damn for the brother and sister and parents for him amen for him i would kill myself if that was my brother could’ve you imagine about that Damn for the kid i wich it was never happend

  11. The second part is most likely a failed gunshot suicide attempt. It was posted in late May 2009 at this address:
    http://theync.com/media.php?name=9999-mans-face-completely-split-open
    It’s removed now though, so here’s an archived version from June 5th 2009 (still well before the diving accident):
    http://web.archive.org/web/20090605152705/http://www.theync.com/media.php?name=9999-mans-face-completely-split-open
    The video itself is not archived but I saw it myself back then, before someone spliced it together with the diving video which was pulled from a Lebanese (I think) Facebook group. By the way, the wound does look exactly like a gunshot wound to the face. It happens all the time, and there are plenty of very similar videos on the internet. I could link to some of them but you should probably just take my word for it.

  12. I watched this in class. And normally nothing makes me sick just watching it. But I wanted to puke. This is something crazy that happened, and its a shame it happened to him to die like that. May he rest in peace

  13. Thanks for posting the full story, too often these dramatic videos hit the net, but no story is attached.
    I watched only the bit where he actually hit and stopped there. I don’t need to go further, I got to understand the situation well enough.
    This video directly reminds me of a suicide in town that took place on this last Friday night/Saturday morning where someone jumped off a 7-story parking garage. It happened at 3am, after bars closed, and apparently, he had been sitting there for hours. Worse, some say people shouting ‘jump’ and he did.
    Now, suicide is nothing like an accidental death, but the impact shown in this video is similar. People were witness to the event and they provided more information than the news paper did. The mother even added a comment about her son to the article which never named him. It seems that the situation is the same here, no news articles available, but plenty public commentary.
    Thanks for filling in that role.

  14. As other posters have said above, it seems the man on the operating table is not the one shown diving. For quite a while I doubted those that said the two videos where unrelated, but having recently done research on the incident, I can attest to the fact that the footage in the hospital was posted on several forums (nyc, liveleak, ogrish, and possibly others) in late may and early june which contradicts the story included in the article.
    Furthermore, a picture allegedly of the man on the operating table taken after he had recovered was posted on a forum. I can’t say for certain whether it is him, but there is certainly a likeness and the fact he has a scar running down the front of his face lends more credibility to the claim.

  15. Hey, i live in Beirut and go to school right next to the railing were that kid died….In regards to “remember its a Lebanese hospital” the boy was taken to AUB, one of the Middle East’s leading hospital. I highly doubt the doctors did not know what they were doin…Most likely that video was a fraud

  16. Ehh… I thought he lived :/ but he didn’t how SAD. R.I.P , I bet he felt alot of PAIN that you can’t discribe, He would of died from that hit just in a flash but took it and suffered for 2 days 🙁 They should of FLOW him out to professional doctors,nurses, But he would rather die instead live in such PAIN

  17. am i the only one who noticed that you first said he died 2 days later, but further along you stated that he was in icu for two hours and then died??? please could you clarify this? 🙂 thnxx may the boy r.i.p amen

  18. I’ve seen videos like “3 men 1 hammer”, “1 lunatic, 1 icepick” all kinds of sick shit, you name it, I’ve seen 3 Pedophilic necrophilliac cannibals eat a dead kid together, 100% legit too, and I’m not lying here, but this video seems to affect me the most, my dad told me to never watch this, but after seeing all those sick videos, I thought Fuck it, and man do I regret it.. Haha R.I.P.

  19. I watched this vid years ago & it traumatized me so much! Don’t know why I came to look for it again maybe because of the shear OMFG of it! I’ve never seen another vid that shook me like this 1 did & probably never will! Unlike ‘time’ we can rewind the video & see what went wrong which is simply he decided to run & dive, where as the boy before sprang into his dive & cleared the concrete easily. Shame we can not rewind his life to the point that he never made that silly misjudged mistake. Life is precious don’t lose your head R.I.P dude..

    1. Three guys one hammer is worse…this guy starts beating other guys with a hammer..and one lunatic one ice pick…fucking gross.

  20. My brother sent this to me unannounced well over a year ago. I watched it once but it still haunts me from time. Talk about a horriffic, traumatic injury!

  21. Thank you for the thorough follow up on a video that totally traumatized me…a seasoned ER nurse. I have wondered about the outcome to the point of not being able to sleep, and your article at least puts the questions to rest! Thank you!!

  22. oh fuck i must be stupid to be watching this its horryble i don’t want to see anything like this again its too horryble jessus christ its like the video with the asia girl who’s runed down by a car and then another car drives all over her leaving her in the street with broken boones in a pool of blood that immage gave me nightmares for three months and i still remember it why do people show this god trust me you don’t want to see it its too awful ….i hope he is alive and that stupid jump should be a freaking lesson too everyone who’s trying to dive like that! God. i’m in nurse school and if i go to the hspital and ever have to face that live i think i’ll quit my job in the nex second !

  23. We’ll if you didn’t have unqualified people in a hospital he could of lived due to the fact that he died from internal bleeding means they probably just stitched his face up without connecting all or if any of the miniature blood vessels which is why it probably took two days for him to die and the fact that the doctor was trying to push it together does no good for it is just like playing with it because pushing it together several time is not going to magically make it be put back together

  24. Victoria ball you can see it on Facebook in the craziest injuries account thing and that’s where I saw it with my mom

  25. I watched this video over and over again back in 2009 just so I could desensitize myself because it was just so horrible. I can still see the images all this time later. I agree with the writer, there is something really scary about this video.

  26. His girlfriend said he was a two-faced jerk. Well that hit him right between the eyes. He felt like he should split but he took a leap of faith.
    He was in two minds whether to jump. He made a bloody mess of things but wanted to show off his inner self.
    At the hospital it was an open and shut case. At first it seemed like a mystery but the doctor read him like a book. This hospital brings people together all the time.
    He diagnosed a splitting headache and decided on a two-part treatment.

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