Kenyan Acrobat Falls

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in News | 0 comments

This photo shows Karo Christopher Kazungu, left, perform during a premiere show at The Great Moscow, Russia - Friday, March 1, 2013 (AP Photo/Victor Ivanov, The Great Moscow State Circus)

This photo shows Karo Christopher Kazungu, left, perform during a premiere show at The Great Moscow Circus in Russia – Friday, March 1, 2013 (AP Photo/Victor Ivanov, The Great Moscow State Circus)

A Kenyan acrobat fell through a safety net during a show at The Great Moscow Circus, suffering severe injuries including a fractured vertebra.

An amateur video that aired on Russian television showed 22-year-old Karo Christopher Kazungu diving from a height of 85 feet, hitting the net and going straight through it – landing on the arena floor – during the Wednesday evening show.  First Responders are seen in the video rushing to help Kazungu almost immediately after he hit the ground.

Kazungu was at the end of his routine and was due to dismount after the dive. He was one of a dozen Russian and Kenyan performers taking part in a highly complex acrobatics show; four Russian Swings going at once.

Kazungu leaps from one Russian Swing to another.

Edgard Zapashny, the general director of The Great Moscow State Circus, told Russian television that the German-made safety net had been rigorously tested before it was used.

Circus employees are speculating on whether someone may have tampered with the net or whether it was just faulty. Zapashny said, however, that they did not see any signs of sabotage upon first inspection.

Zapashny told also said that the circus had never had any previous incidents of this kind.

The circus said on its website on Thursday that Kazungu was conscious when he was taken to the hospital and Russian news agencies quoted the director of the acrobatics show as saying that Kazungu was diagnosed with a fracture of one vertebra and was in intensive care. ■