Man dies after diving into flaming effigy at Burning Man festival

Man dies after diving into flaming effigy at Burning Man festival

They had to wait till the structure had burnt and fallen before they could retrieve Mitchell.

He was then airlifted to the UC Davis Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center, which is 300 miles away, according to a statement by Burning Man's organisers.

"The high desert is not like the low desert, like Phoenix, " said Steve Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service forecast office in Monterey.

The man burst through a human chain of safety personnel at around 10:30 the 40-foot-tall effigy was burning, and he had to be rescued by Black Rock City firefighters.

More than 70,000 people made the trek to the Nevada desert for this year's Burning Man.

Authorities say Aaron Mitchell broke through a security perimeter on Saturday during the "Man" burn event.

'Our hearts and prayers go out to Aaron's family during this unexpected tragedy, ' local sheriff Jerry Allen said in a statement. "Burning Man is working with local and federal law enforcement agencies, and an investigation is now ongoing". Following the incident, the festival cancelled scheduled activities, including burning of effigies, till Sunday noon.

The festival was due to end on Monday.

Reports state the Switzerland-residing U.S. citizen broke through security before running into the fire which burns a 50 foot wooden statue of a man.

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Fire rescue officers chased him as they tried to stop him from entering the inferno at Burning Man festival yesterday but were unable to do so.

Attendees - also known as "burners" - close the festival by torching massive structures, such as the one that killed Mitchell over the weekend.

Over the years as the event grew in popularity, deaths and crime have been reported, ranging from vehicle crashes to drug use.

There has been a death at the famous Burning Man festival, held in the Nevada desert.

She and her husband, Donald Mitchell, had last seen Mitchell on August 1.

"He was in great spirits when we saw him".

"He was loving and a nice person", she said.

His heartbroken mother, Johnnye Mitchell, said it was the first time "Joel" had attended the festival and had been living in Switzerland leading up to the time of his death.