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Botched Ice Bucket Challenge sends Belgian man to hospital

Bruno Brokken, 51, was flown to hospital in a critical condition on Tuesday

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A Belgian man was seriously injured after nearly 400 gallons of water was dumped on him by a fire-fighting plane – as part of an attempt at the Ice Bucket Challenge now spreading like wildfire across social media.

Bruno Brokken, 51, was flown to hospital in a critical condition on Tuesday after 396 gallons of water was dropped from a height of 22 feet, near Girona in north east Spain, The Independent reported.

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“They had arranged to do it as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge craze in order to raise money for ALS,” Rolf Kuratle, head of Skydive Empuriabrava, told Spanish newspaper paper The Local.

“The pilot flew a fire-fighting plane, the kind used to put out forest fires, and dumped the load onto his friend. They obviously miscalculated how much water it was.”

Paramedics were called to the airfield shortly after 11.30am local time and Brokken was flown to Girona’s Josep Truenta Hospital.

By Wednesday, he was said to have been recovering and did not sustain any internal injuries.

“He is awake now and he is improving. He has no serious injury and we expect him to be discharged soon,” said a spokesman for Skydive Empuriabrava, which is based at the aerodrome, according to The Telegraph.