Russia zorbing thrill ride turns tragic
An image from the Russia Today television program shows two men careening down a snow-covered mountain in southern Russia in a zorb, before the inflatable ball veered off course and plummeted over a precipice. / RussiaToday
MOSCOW What was supposed to be a thrilling ride down a ski slope inside a giant inflatable ball has ended in tragedy for the two Russian men inside.
One died and the other was badly injured when the transparent plastic ball called a zorb veered off course and sailed over a precipice in the rugged Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia.
The men's terrifying ride captured on video prompted the head of the national emergency rescue services Wednesday to demand that Russia address its lax enforcement of safety rules for winter sports, citing a series of accidents over the January holidays.
The sport of zorbing originated in the 1990s in New Zealand and is now done around the world.
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