Crowds at a circus show in Moscow screamed when a Kenyan acrobat fell through a safety net during his performance this week. Amazingly though, not only was the acrobat conscious when emergency responders took him to the hospital, but he only had fractured one vertebra.
An amateur video of the accident aired on Russian television, showing 22-year-old Karo Christopher Kazungu diving from a height of 85 feet, hitting the net, going through it and landing on the arena floor during the Wednesday evening show.
Watch this report about the incident:
Circus employees are speculating on whether someone may have tampered with the net or whether it was faulty. But Edgard Zapashny, director general of the Great Moscow State Circus, said that they did not see any signs of sabotage on first inspection of the net.
In this Friday, March 1, 2013 photo provided by The Great Moscow State Circus on Thursday, March 14, 2013, Kenyan acrobat Karo Christopher Kazungu, left, performs during a premiere show at The Great Moscow State Circus in Moscow. The Great Moscow State Circus said Kazungu fell through a safety net during a show Wednesday night and was rushed to a hospital with severe injuries including a fractured vertebra. (Photo: AP/Victor Ivanov, The Great Moscow State Circus)
Here's the footage of the scene uploaded to LiveLeak (Content Warning: Images might be considered graphic):
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