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Zorb gone wrong: 2 Russian tourists carried 1km in creek, 1 killed

Screenshot of a video from mreporter.ru

Screenshot of a video from mreporter.ru

An extreme winter activity turned into tragedy, after a zorb with two tourists inside lost control and plunged into a creek in Dombay mountain area, in Russia’s south. One of the two young men died, the other suffered a concussion.

Denis and Vladimir came to Dombay ski resort individually, but on January 3 both decided they wanted to take a trip down a slope in an inflatable zorb. The zorbing experience, growing in popularity in Russia, cost each of them less than 10 dollars.

One of Denis’s friends filmed the two getting inside the 3-meter (10-feet) balloon and getting harnessed, but the trip was to end in tragedy.

The zorb almost immediately fell off the safe route and the man who was expected to halt it down the hill can be seen in the video chasing the giant ball in vain.

Screenshot of a video from mreporter.ru
Screenshot of a video from mreporter.ru

Bumping and swirling the zorb went down a steep slope into the Ganachkhir creek. The one km (half a mile) trip finished on the ice of the lake Pavliny Glaz, Vesti news channel reported.

When the emergencies crews reached Denis and Vladimir, both were still alive. The rescue mission was hard – in places stretchers had to be dragged through snow. Denis, who was 28, died on his way to hospital. Vladimir suffered a concussion and several minor injuries, but is already in good enough health to travel back home.

Though the tragedy took place five days ago, the Ministry of Emergencies reported it only this Monday recounting all the recent occurrences at the ski resort and warning tourists against light-mindedness.

Authorities are now deciding whether a criminal case should be opened. The recreation spot and its owners are under inspected as it remains unclear why the dangerous zone was not roped off.

Screenshot of a video from mreporter.ru
Screenshot of a video from mreporter.ru
Screenshot of a video from mreporter.ru
Screenshot of a video from mreporter.ru

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