ForexTV NewsDesk | January 9 2013 1:15 EST
ForexTV.com (New York) by R. Rode
Two Russian thrill seekers, out enjoying a family day at a ski resort, set out what was supposed to be a thrilling ride down a ski slope inside a giant, transparent inflatable ball ended in tragedy for the two men inside.
The transparent plastic ball, which is called a zorb, strayed off course and launched over the rugged Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia.
27-year-old Denis Burakov died in the tragic accident. His friend Vladimir Shcherbakov, who also was in the giant ball, was severely injured.
The full eight-minute video taken on Burakov's phone by one of his friends shows the two men being fitted into harnesses inside the zorb, which consists of two polyurethane balls with a layer of air between them. The zorb is then released to roll down the hill, the two men spinning inside.
But the zorb bounces off of the intended path, and a man waiting for it at the bottom of the hill tries in vain to catch the ball before it pops over a rocky ledge and disappears down a gorge below Mount Mussa-Achitara.
The Emergencies Ministry said both men were ejected from the zorb as it tumbled and they landed on the snow about 10 meters (30 feet) apart. They were rescued by two skiers, who then pulled both men up to the top of the hill. Burakov suffered serious spinal injuries and died on the way to the hospital. Shcherbakov suffered a concussion and other injuries and remains hospitalized.
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