An escape artist nearly drowned Tuesday when he failed to remove all the locks that held his chained body in glass box filled with water.

Spectators in New Jersey watched as the performer, Spencer Horsman, struggled for two-and-a-half minutes to remove the shackles as the box holding him was suspended in the air by a crane, NJ 101.5 FM Radio reports.

When he was unable to free himself, first responders lowered him to the ground and helped pull him out of the water. He was then transported to a local hospital in New Brunswick, and is expected to make a full recoveryaccording to NJ 101.5 FM.

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