NPR : News

Filed Under:

'Zorbing' Death Brings Call For Safety Rules; Fatal Ride Captured On Video

Video of two Russian men climbing into an inflatable ball and rolling down a Russian mountain on a ride that would take them over a cliff, into a ravine, on to a frozen lake and cause one of the men's death, is getting a lot of views today.

And the accident has led to calls from "the New Zealand inventors of zorbing ... for a global code of safe operations to try and stamp out cowboy operators," the Otago Daily Times reports.

"Unfortunately, when you have a new adventure sport like this come out, especially in developing countries, you tend to see a lot of people not following any form of regulation," Zorb Ltd. chief executive Hope Horrocks tells the New Zealand newspaper.

Zorbs need, for example, safe landing zones and tracks or chutes that they can't easily roll out of — as appears to have happened in Russia.

Russia's RT.com says an investigation has been launched into the incident in the Karachayevo-Cherkessia region of the North Caucasus. It says the two men, Denis Burakov, 27, and Vladimir Shcherbov, 33, "came to [the] Dombay ski resort individually, but on Jan. 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."

Gawker writes that "Burakov sustained a broken neck in the fall and died on the way to the hospital. Shcherbov suffered multiple lacerations and a concussion, but is expected to survive."

The horror experienced by the two men and what it might have been like inside that zorb has generated quite a bit of discussion on Reddit.

Copyright 2013 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

 

WAMU 88.5

It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice At The Katzen Arts Center

As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, graphic artist Emory Douglas created striking visual images for the movement's publications and posters.

NPR

Long Criticized In China, Tipping Makes A Comeback At A Few Trendy Restaurants

Viewed for decades as capitalist exploitation, tipping is now being encouraged at some upscale, urban restaurants catering to wealthy, young customers. Restaurateurs insist it's strictly voluntary.
WAMU 88.5

It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice At The Katzen Arts Center

As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, graphic artist Emory Douglas created striking visual images for the movement's publications and posters.

NPR

Fact Check: Trump And Clinton Debate For The First Time

NPR reporters and editors are live annotating Monday night's debate. Read the latest fact check, analysis and context here.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.