split face diving accident

The Viral Trend of the Split Face Diving Accident: A Detailed Analysis

Fred Bahnson 

A post that has been circulating on Reddit, referred to as the “split face diving accident,” has recently gained significant attention from social media users. Although the terrifying story and accompanying video were shared over 13 years ago, it seems to have resurfaced and caught the attention of internet users in recent times.


The original post was made by a Reddit user, u/zombiedub, who shared the story on the platform several years ago. At the time of writing this article, the post has received upvotes from 93% of viewers.

The horrifying accident reportedly took place in June 2009 and involved a 16-year-old resident of Beirut. The incident occurred when the teenager attempted to dive off the Manara Promenade, located opposite the American University. Tragically, the teenager hit concrete before plunging into the ocean.

The Split Face Diving Accident Video: What Happened?

The video footage of the incident shows the victim’s brother successfully diving into the sea from the Promenade building, which is over 40 feet high. According to the Reddit post, the brothers had made several successful jumps in the past, but this time, disaster struck when the teenager slipped.

Following the accident, a girl who witnessed the event can be heard screaming in Arabic, “Oh my God! Oh my God! Someone call the Civil Defense.”

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The video then shows the injured boy in the emergency room of the American University Hospital. The Reddit post states that doctors attempted to hold the boy’s face together to protect his airway. The user reported that the teenager was kept alive for two days before he succumbed to his injuries.

“All the surgeons could do was to stitch up his very deep and severe wounds in his face. Although some clinicians on the Net have said that a good ENT could patch this kid up good, this poor guy could not be saved. All they were able to do was to keep him alive in the ICU for two days before he died.”

Viewer Skepticism Regarding the Authenticity of the Diving Accident Video

As the video started trending, many viewers expressed doubts about its authenticity. Some claimed the video was fake, citing hospital footage that suggested the teenager had attempted a “failed 9mm suicide.” The Reddit user countered this claim, arguing that a failed 9mm attempt could not cause such extensive facial damage.

The social media user also noted that the video was unsettling from the start due to the trilingual warning displayed for viewers. The post further stated:

“Throughout the video, there is some weird, cheesy, hard to describe instrumental music going in the background for some strange reason really adds to the terror. The amateurish cellphone footage that jumps around jerkily also in some way adds to the terror.”