YOUTUBE ID­IOTS

Dar­win duo film them­selves risk­ing their lives for views on the in­ter­net

Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE - CRAIG DUN­LOP

TWO Dar­win brothers are risk­ing their lives for the entertainm­ent of a pa­thet­i­cally small group of YouTube view­ers.

Tom Clarke and his “mad c**t” brother Robin last month be­gan post­ing videos on­line of their dar­ing es­capades, in­clud­ing sit­ting on the roof of a ute as it bar­rels along a road at Man­do­rah, taunt­ing crocodiles, and scal­ing ra­dio tow­ers de­spite clear “no tres­pass­ing” signs.

A series of videos – none of which had more than 120 views as of yes­ter­day – show the brothers “do­ing a few crazy things”.

The brothers have seem­ingly avoided in­jury so far, ex­cept for when Robin “f***ed his head up” by crash­ing a dirt bike with­out wear­ing a hel­met.

In one video, the duo take a “risky” walk across the old Ade­laide River Rail­way bridge, with “Tommy” tip­toe­ing on the edge of the dis­used bridge’s rail­ing.

On his Face­book page, Robin brags about the video be­ing the “big­gest and most dan­ger­ous” so far.

After the two fin­ish cross­ing the bridge, Tommy turns to his brother and says: “You made it Rob, I’m im­pressed man. He hates heights but he just walked across that and across Ade­laide River with crocs in there.”

In the same video, the duo crawl through a hole in a fence and scale a com­mu­ni­ca­tions tower near Ade­laide River, with Tom at one point hang­ing out­side the rail­ing. Work­ers scal­ing the same tow­ers are re­quired to wear safety har­nesses and have spe­cific train­ing.

In an­other video, the duo de­cide not to cut a hole in a barbed wire fence to climb Charles Point light­house be­cause of what Rob de­scribes as “a clear sign that we’re tres­pass­ing”.

“There’ll be peo­ple that re­port us on Face­book, be­cause they’re c**ts.”

The pair dis­cuss the op­tion of cut­ting a hole in the fence. “(We) don’t have to show how we got in, just go, ‘oh look there’s a hole in the fence again’,” Rob says, be­fore they aban­don their plan to scale the light­house and in­stead fin­ish off their af­ter­noon with some high speed “rooftop surf­ing”.

“This is the sort of s**t you can do in the NT man … go and see a light­house … have a good feed, do a bit of f***ing car surf­ing … not many places you can do that,” Tommy says.

Ter­ri­tory Po­lice Duty Su­per­in­ten­dent Shaun Gill said: “Videos such as th­ese are ex­am­ples of ex­tremely dan­ger­ous and fool­hardy be­hav­iour and de­ci­sion mak­ing. This sort of be­hav­iour not only puts the in­di­vid­ual at risk; it also en­cour­ages oth­ers to en­gage in sim­i­lar dan­ger­ous acts. It also cre­ates po­ten­tially ex­tremely dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions to which po­lice, fire and res­cue and emer­gency ser­vices re­spond when th­ese stunts in­vari­ably go wrong.”

WHAT is it about be­ing in front of a cam­era that makes peo­ple do stupid things?

Barely 100 peo­ple have watched any of the Clarke brothers’ YouTube videos, in which they climb ra­dio tow­ers with­out har­nesses, “roof surf” at high speed, and tip­toe on the edge of bridges and build­ings, so far off the ground that a fall would al­most cer­tainly prove fa­tal. It doesn’t get much dumber than that. On Face­book, one of the brothers urges his friends to start watch­ing the videos show­ing “climb­ing weird and dan­ger­ous stuff in dif­fer­ent places all over Aus­tralia”. Th­ese are grown men! Not to put too fine of a point on it, but it is sur­pris­ing they’ve made it this far.

If some­one doesn’t put them in hand­cuffs some­time soon, some poor emer­gency ser­vices worker is go­ing to be get­ting a phone call telling them to come and clean up a dead body.

We’re not stand­ing in the way of any­one hav­ing a bit of fun.

But se­ri­ously, grow up.

Pic­ture: YOUTUBE

A man films him­self while on the roof of a mov­ing car near Man­do­rah

Pic­ture: YOUTUBE

Tom and Robin Clarke have risked their lives film­ing es­capades to put on YouTube

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