Halifax man buried alive for three days is safely exhumed

Charity worker John Edwards being exhumed after spending 72 hours broadcasting live from a coffin buried in Halifax.
Charity worker John Edwards being exhumed after spending 72 hours broadcasting live from a coffin buried in Halifax.
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A MAN who was buried alive in Halifax for three days and broadcast his experience to thousands of people across the world has been safely exhumed.

Charity worker and former drug addict John Edwards, 61, spent 72 hours in a coffin buried at the Threeways Centre in Halifax to highlight the plight of people with substance abuse problems.

John Edwards has been broadcasting live from a coffin this weekend.

John Edwards has been broadcasting live from a coffin this weekend.

He spoke to around 200 people over the weekend three his phone and the Internet, with the intention of providing counselling to prevent needless deaths, and was watched by people from as far afield as Iceland, America and Australia.

Following his exhumation, Mr Edwards said: “It was incredible, it was far above and beyond what we expected. It went viral all over the world.

“I felt claustrophobic but I tried to discipline my thoughts. It was exhausting and you feel quite vulnerable in there.

“But there was a great sense of responsibility. People texted and sent messages on Facebook who were going through depression, addiction, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, marital problems.”

The site John Edwards's coffin. He was buried alive for three days to raise awareness of the plight of people with substance abuse problems.

The site John Edwards's coffin. He was buried alive for three days to raise awareness of the plight of people with substance abuse problems.

A team was on hand to support him and he received food and water through a pipe. A second pipe was connected to a caravan toilet.

The coffin was 8ft long, 3.5ft high and 4ft wide (2.4m x 1m x 1.3m).