Five circus performers were injured after falling from an eight-person pyramid in a high-wire accident at a Florida circus, a circus official said.
Jennifer Mitchell, Managing Director at the Circus Arts Conservatory, told reporters this evening that no injuries were life threatening and that everyone would make a full recovery. A hospital official said earlier today that two people were in critical condition with life-threatening injuries but that everyone, including those in critical condition, is expected to survive.
The hospital official added that the performers are extremely lucky to have survived given the height they fell from.
The performers were approximately 20 to 25 feet above the ground, said Pedro Reis, founder of the Circus Arts Conservatory.
“Our hearts go out to the families,” he said.
The eight-person pyramid was something special they had been rehearsing for Circus Sarasota, Reis said at a news conference this afternoon, adding that the performers executed it “flawlessly” on Tuesday.
Mitchell said the fall was not a rigging or equipment failure, saying, “accidents do happen.”
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Nik Wallenda’s Press Conference on February 9th, Sarasota, FL.