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Stuntman goes missing after failing to emerge from water when cage was lowered

A man who was lowered into the Ganges river yesterday in front of his family and friends in his latest stunt has gone missing.

Chanchal Lahiri, known as Wizard Mandrake, was tied up with steel chains and ropes as he was lowered into the river in India by crane.

There was a large crowd of police and media also watching from the banks of the river, waiting for him to return.

But Chanchal, 40, never emerged from the water and a search was launched for him.

He claimed to have successfully pulled off a similar stunt 21 years ago at the same spot.

He said: I was inside a bullet proof glass box tied with chain and locks and dropped down from Howrah bridge. Then I came out within 29 seconds.

Handcuffed magician Chanchal Lahiri is being lowered into the river Hooghly in a glass cage box, bolted with 36 locks, from the famous Howrah Bridge in eastern Indian city of Calcutta April 26. Lahiri popped up from the river half a minute later without the handcuffs after he was dropped into the river from the bridge. He is raising funds for thalassemia patients. Thalassemia is inherited form of anemia occurring chiefly among people of Mediterranean descent, caused by faulty synthesis of part of the hemoglobin molecule. REUTERS - RP1DRIEXEKAB

Chanchal Lahiri has gone missing while taking part in his latest stunt in Calcutta (Picture: Reuters)

Caged Indian escape artist Chanchal Lahiri waves to the crowd before being lowered into the Hooghly river from Calcutta's Howrah Bridge February 24, 2002. Lahiri escaped from the locked cage about 15 seconds after it was submerged. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw JS/JD - RP3DRHYOKUAB

During a previous attempt the crowd mobbed him when they easily worked out how he got out of the cage (Picture: Reuters)

Caged Indian escape artist Chanchal Lahiri is lowered into the Hooghly river from Calcutta's Howrah Bridge February 24, 2002. Lahiri escaped from the locked cage about 15 seconds after it was submerged. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw JS/JD - RP3DRHYOKUAA

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