Escape Artist Faces Coffin Skydive At 14,500 Feet

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press
By: ANDREA THOMAS

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) -- Imagine the terror of being handcuffed, chained and locked inside a wooden casket that is subsequently dragged out of an airplane at 14,500 feet.

That's the scenario that Anthony Martin faces Tuesday when the 47-year-old escape artist takes to the sky in northern Illinois.

Martin, of Sheboygan, Wis., is no stranger to extracting himself from tricky situations. Since his first escape from handcuffs at the age of 10, he has wriggled his way out of straitjackets, ropes, chains, jail cells, coffins and a cage submerged under water.

Martin says he hopes to be free of the box after about 40 seconds of free fall, at around 7,000 feet. He'll then track away from the box and fly his parachute to a farm in Serena, Ill., 70 miles southwest of Chicago.


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