All things considered, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio have more or less gone better than expectations (I’m currently knocking on every piece of wood nearby). I mean sure, Ryan Lochte was held up at gun point and the water has inextricably turned a disgusting green hue, but given the absurd litany of disasters that plagued the host nation before the games, so far so good.
And thankfully, when a Olympics sky camera roughly the size of a motorcycle came crashing 65 feet to the ground yesterday, no one was killed. However, seven people — including two children — were injured.
The moment was captured and posted to Twitter by a nearby user:
— Daniel (@danieltuita) August 15, 2016
These sky cameras are typically affixed by multiple layers of wiring that allow that a full range of maneuvering, and are similar to the ones that soar over the field during NFL football games for up-close video.
A member of the British gymnastics team said of the incident, “I was looking to the camera… and suddenly I heard a big snap on the cable and the camera came down.” Four people were taken to the hospital, and one woman was seen being taken away on a stretcher.
“There was a lot of medical people and Rio staff around. They were very, very quick, they were excellent,” the witness continued.
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