Man dies in Zorb mountain plunge

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19 Responses to “Man dies in Zorb mountain plunge”

  1. Bevatron Repairman says:

    Lots of things were badly planned leading up to that, but kudos to the guy at the bottom of the hill making a play for the Zorb.  Running in snow, at altitude, is no easy feat.  He almost had the thing.

  2. bolamig says:

    Eww.  Suffering through the spin cycle with a man getting crushed to death is not my idea of “minor injuries”.  Russia is a wild place.

  3. The video is available at the usual places.

  4. showme says:

    My favorite part:
    A man’s voice is heard saying “Oh f***, it’s gone in the wrong direction again

  5. theophrastvs says:

    when i first read this grim story, my first thought was “what could be the cause of death in such a thing? ..body mass getting twisted up to break his neck?” …i’m sorry i guess i guessed right (for once)

    • bcsizemo says:

      What I don’t get is the other occupant…I though zorbing was a solo sport.  It looks like you’d end up just falling all over each other.

      • yetanotherhumanbeing says:

        Did this in NZ a couple years ago; the rider is harnessed into a sort of seat inside the unit (i.e. it isn’t Wayne Coyne’s human hamster ball). Didn’t try with a partner, assume the arrangement is similar though.

  6. 2013′s most novel way to die? I’ll stick to strapping myself to a board, no one has ever died doing that right?

  7. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Russian authorities… want to question three owners of the zorb ride, who are reportedly on the run.

    Shocking.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20962906

  8. Petzl says:

    It’s hard to believe they couldn’t (or didn’t think to) put up those makeshift barriers you see on ski slopes, when the consequences of an errant Zorb were so dire.

  9. penguinchris says:

    According to the article, the guy who survived said to Denis, the guy who died, “Denis, you’ll be like Jackie Chan in the Armour of God movie!” just before boarding the Zorb.

    In filming Armour of God (which is my favorite Jackie Chan movie and worth seeking out), Jackie Chan nearly died – from wikipedia:

    During filming of the opening sequence, one scene called for Jackie Chan to jump from a wall to a tree branch. The first take went as planned, but Chan insisted on re-shooting the scene. On his second attempt, the branch broke and he fell 15 feet to the ground below. His head hit a rock, cracking his skull and shooting a piece of bone up into his brain. Chan was flown to the hospital and was in surgery eight hours later. As a result, he now has a permanent hole in his head filled with a plastic plug and slight hearing loss in one ear.[1][2] Footage of the accident is shown during the film’s ending credits.

    I am not sure which stunt from the film specifically Mr. Shcherbakov was referring to, but I’m guessing it was not the part where Chan nearly died. In that opening scene, though, Chan sleds down a large hill riding a wooden shield, so that might actually be what was being referred to.

    • dagfooyo says:

      I believe the guy was referring to this scene, actually from Operation Condor:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI7vz9Bd664

      • penguinchris says:

        Ha… good catch. Not sure how I could forget that. Operation Condor is of course the sequel to Armour of God. Makes my narrative a little less interesting or ironic I guess :)

  10. Lodewijk Gonggrijp says:

    Bit early but I call the Darwin Award winner for 2013 already.

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