Video: Man killed in 'zorbing' tragedy at ski resort
A zorb with two tourists inside lost control and plunged into a creek in Dombay mountain
DOMBAI, Russia — A father-of-two was killed in a horrifying accident when a giant inflatable ball in which he and another man were rolling down a mountain plunged off a cliff at a ski-resort in southern Russia. Denis Burakov, 27, married with two young daughters, broke his neck and spine in the zorbing accident, say reports.
His companion Vladimir Shcherbov, 33, was hospitalised with concussion and multiple lacerations to the head and body, but miraculously was later released. The so-called 'orb' was supposed to come to a halt at the bottom of a gentle snowy piste, designed for the sport, which originates in New Zealand.
But in a terrifying accident filmed by the victim's friends, it lurched first to the right and then to the left. As he got into the giant ball, an unnamed friend — who filmed the horror — is heard saying: 'Denis, you'll be like Jackie Chan in the Armour of God movie!' An instructor is asked how far the 'orb' can go, replying 'not that far' and explaining there was a man lower down the mountain ready to catch it if it went off track.