Russia probes ‘zorb’ ball death

Comment on this story


iol pic wld Russia Zorbing Death

AP

In this frame grab made on January 9, 2013, taken from APTN video provided by Yekaterina Achkasova, as her husband Denis Burakov and another man are seen inside a large plastic ball called a zorb in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia.

Moscow - Russia has launched an investigation into the death of a 27-year-old man in an inflatable “zorb” ball that tumbled down a mountainside in a horrific accident that was caught on video, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Denis Burakov, 27, died of his injuries after he and a friend, Vladimir Shcherbov, 33, paid to roll in the zorb down an unfenced snow slope at a ski resort in the Karachayevo-Cherkessia region of the North Caucasus.

“We have launched a criminal case into causing death through providing unsafe services,” said Sergei Shuvayev, spokesman for the regional investigative committee. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of six years.

The zorb veered off a snowy track and rolled into a gorge, continuing for around a kilometre before stopping on a frozen lake, investigators said. The accident occurred on January 3.

“As a result of the fall, Burakov died of his injuries, while Shcherbov was hospitalised with serious injuries,” investigators said in a statement.

Shcherbov “is in a serious state but his life is not in danger,” Shuvayev told AFP on Wednesday.

Investigators have identified two organisers who have not been detained but “will be questioned in the near future,” Shuvayev said.

Zorbing is an extreme adventure sport invented in the 1990s in which participants roll down slopes strapped inside large transparent plastic balls.

In a video of the incident posted on the Internet, organisers can be heard saying the ride cost 300 rubles ($10) per person.

People watching can be heard asking organisers: “What is down there?” as the zorb rolls over the edge of the gorge.

“A catastrophe,” one replies. - AFP


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

     

Join us on

IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks

Business Directory