Footage of a serious rope-dancer-accident in February 2017 has just been released by the police in Sarasota, Florida writes lokalmediet WKYT.
There were only three days to the premiere of the Circus Sarasotas 2017 season, when it went horribly wrong during the training for a spectacular rope-dancer show.
Eight members of the famous Wallenda family was in the process of a rehearsal of a spectacular and record-breaking linestunt, where all eight balanced in a human pyramid, as a member of the family lost balance and set in motion a domino-effect.
Wallenda family is known for their cross-border rope-dancer-stunts at dizzying heights, which always takes place without the safety net.
When five of the eight Wallenda's fell approximately eight metres down on the hard substrate, resulting therefore in serious injury, among other counts internal bleeding due to a tear in the liver, fractured arms, feet, toes, and a broken pelvis.
the Family's most famous member, Nik Wallenda, was a part of the stuntet. He did, however, manage to grab a hold of the rope, and escaped, therefore, unscathed from the accident.
- Yes, it was a tragic accident, the whole event, it was a nightmare, " said Nik Wallenda immediately after the accident, as he believes the family escaped miraculously from.
- Chefkirurgen at Sarasota Memorial Hospital said that people usually don't survive the kinds of accidents.
Here goes Nik Wallenda on the tightrope in the 120 meters height without any kind of safety devices. Video: AP.
the World inside out - 29. apr. 2015. 23:11 Mad or brilliant? Here he goes around 120 meters
Despite the serious damage, rest all family members, however, alive and without lasting harm. The day after they were released unharmed family members back on the line in order to carry out the booked performances in the circus.
the Accident has also not been the family to reconsider the non-use of safety nets.
- It has been taught for generations, that a network can provide a false sense of security. I have an uncle that landed in a net, was thrown out and killed, says Nik Wallenda.
Nik Wallendas grandfather, Karl Wallenda, was also killed in a tightrope dancer-accident. It happened in 1978, when he went on the tightrope between the two towers of the ten-storey hotel Condado Plaza in Puerto Rico, and lost balance.
Here rush to the Karl Wallenda death. Video: Discovery Networks