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Zorbing horror death: Man killed after runaway inflatable ball plunges off cliff at ski resort
Mirror.Com ^ | 9 Jan 2013 | Andy Rudd

Posted on 01/09/2013 11:22:30 AM PST by Gamecock

(Did a search and couldn't find this posted elsewhere)

A thrill-seeker died when the giant inflatable Zorb ball he was riding in with a pal plunged over a cliff.

Married dad-of-two Denis Burakov, 27, broke his neck and spine after the sphere veered off course and began rolling down a mountain.

Amazingly Vladimir Shcherbakov, 33, escaped with concussion, cuts and bruises.

The friends' harrowing death ride plunge, in the Caucasus mountains of southern Russia, was caught on video but we have chosen not to use it.

As Denis climbs into the Zorb he can be heard telling him: "Denis, you'll be like Jackie Chan in the Armour of God movie!"

But moments after the giant ball sets off down the course it lurches to the right and then the left as frantic ride organisers chase after it in a bid to catch it.

A man's voice is heard saying "Oh f***, it's gone in the wrong direction again" before screaming 'hold it, hold it! hold!"

Then he says: "Ah well, it's OK, it'll stop by itself."

After plunging down Ganachhirskiy Gorge in the Dombai resort, the orb eventually came to rest about one and a half kilometres away on a frozen lake.

Mr Burakov was still alive when he was found by emergency services on January 3, but he died on the way to hospital.

Police commander Sergei Shuvayev said: "The orb went on for about one and a half kilometres, jumping on the rocks and hitting them."

The Stavropol edition of the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reported that Mr Burakov's friend was "extremely lucky".

It said: "As for whatever they felt falling down the slope it is hard even to imagine. Some compare the pressure to what cosmonauts feel."

Police are investigating.

Zorbing, first tried in New Zealand in the 1990s, puts riders inside two balls with an air cushion between them.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: holdmahbeer

1 posted on 01/09/2013 11:22:36 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

“Denis, you’ll be like Jackie Chan in the Armour of God movie!”

Did Jackie die?


2 posted on 01/09/2013 11:23:39 AM PST by Gamecock ( If we distort the gospel, that distortion will influence and affect everything else that we believe)
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To: Gamecock

I guess it didn’t bounce.


3 posted on 01/09/2013 11:26:54 AM PST by Miles the Slasher
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To: Gamecock

Yup, ball on big hill roll down. . .


4 posted on 01/09/2013 11:40:09 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Gamecock

HOLD MUH VODKA AND WATCH THIS!.......


5 posted on 01/09/2013 11:41:03 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Miles the Slasher

And if it don’t bounce? You go hungry!


6 posted on 01/09/2013 11:42:03 AM PST by RPTMS
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To: Gamecock

Tovarich, hold my vodka...


7 posted on 01/09/2013 12:00:00 PM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: Gamecock

Follow the bouncing Ball!

Hope it didn’t burst his bubble...

Seems like the guy at the bottom, who pushed the ball back onto the course, could have let the ball continue into a safer area.

That’s the way the ball bounces...


8 posted on 01/09/2013 12:01:19 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Gamecock

FNC just showed this video. Yikes! They didn’t have a damn thing set up to stop it from careening down the mountain. Talk about big balls!!


9 posted on 01/09/2013 12:08:17 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Gamecock

Tragic, because of the fatal stupidity and irresponsility involved. There are some things a married father of two should never try, and interestingly, there seems to be a growth in this trend of Russian daredevils lately. Think of the Moscow motorcyclist doing about 100 MPH , and those guys doing amazing handstands and handholds on unfinished steel skyscraper structures, both of which were posted on FR in the last few months.


10 posted on 01/09/2013 12:10:20 PM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: supremedoctrine

correction : 100MPH through heavy city traffic!For about 20 miles!


11 posted on 01/09/2013 12:12:54 PM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: eyedigress
vid here
12 posted on 01/09/2013 12:14:10 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Gamecock

Jack Chan in the zorb in “Armor of God 2:Operation Condor.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI7vz9Bd664


13 posted on 01/09/2013 12:21:23 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Gamecock

In Soviet Russia zorb ball rolls you!


14 posted on 01/09/2013 12:22:42 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: C210N

One look at the fall line and you can see what will happen - sad.


15 posted on 01/09/2013 12:31:21 PM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: Gamecock

I read that both died, in another FR thread.


16 posted on 01/09/2013 12:37:38 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Gamecock

Sad, but ya can’t fix stupid.


17 posted on 01/09/2013 12:45:20 PM PST by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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To: Wicket

Nearly a Double Darwin Award.


18 posted on 01/09/2013 12:53:47 PM PST by CdMGuy
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To: Gamecock
On one side of the coin, at least Russia doesn't have all the govt. agencies that likely would have licensed this beyond the realm of do-ability which many people here would likely admit is a good thing.

On the other hand, such a govt. agency would likely have saved the lives of these two knuckleheads........

Like they say, 7 of one and half a dozen of the other........

19 posted on 01/09/2013 12:57:59 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: All

Bump


20 posted on 01/09/2013 1:44:16 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Gamecock

We need laws banning Zorbs. We need laws banning anything that hurts or kills people.


21 posted on 01/09/2013 1:59:02 PM PST by lurk
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To: Gamecock

Sounds like a new Olympic sport....all medals are posthumous of course.


22 posted on 01/09/2013 1:59:13 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: lurk
We need laws banning Zorbs.

Zorb Control.

23 posted on 01/09/2013 2:21:08 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
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To: Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

Zorb Ball.

Sounds like another quality product from Kramerica.


24 posted on 01/09/2013 7:20:35 PM PST by Gamecock ( If we distort the gospel, that distortion will influence and affect everything else that we believe)
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