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Photos: After 48 hours entombed in a concrete block, WGMD's Dan Gaffney emerges (above), a bit wobbly, but in good spirits as he thanks the crowd for its support and donations (below).

In the latest "stunt" by WGMD FM personality and part-time daredevil Dan Gaffney, the morning talk show host emerged from a 48-hour entombment inside a block of concrete on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000.

Gaffney, a father of two children, entered the tomb at 4 p.m. on Thursday to help Beebe Medical Center raise funds for its child abuse prevention program.

Gaffney Out of the TombHe "escaped", with the help of block-busters like his son Dylan, Bill Baker of Bill's Sport Shop, Alan Lehman of Atlantic Cellular, and Dr. Silkini, just a little after 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The block-busters used sledge hammers and crow bars to open the crypt and allow Gaffney to break out.

A six-pack of Dogfish Head ale and three boxes of doughnuts awaited Gaffney, who thanked the crowd for its support and donations. Gaffney said that donations were very close to his goal of $15,000.

Gaffney performed a similar fund-raiser last year when he spent 48 hours inside a block of ice. That effort raised more than $13,000 for the program.

Before hopping into the wood-framed structure, Gaffney thanked the throng of well-wishers at the site in the parking lot of Bill's Sport Shop and Atlantic Cellular on Route 1 South in Lewes.

Once Gaffney was inside, workers from Atlantic Concrete began pouring and spreading the concrete into a form around the box that Gaffney will call home until 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

After the concrete hardened, the form was removed, leaving just the concrete block. Gaffney spent most of his first few hours in the concrete asleep.

The block includes a computer monitor and porthole through which Gaffney can be viewed, as well as air holes for him to breathe through.

He can not eat or go to the bathroom during that time and underwent hypnosis to help him endure the hunger and discomfort of spending 48 hours on his back.

Spectators can stop by the site to make donations to Beebe's child abuse prevention program and see how Gaffney is doing.

From time to time during the 48-hour period, the station will broadcast interviews with Gaffney. You can drop by the site any time day or night to see Gaffney and make a donation.

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