A female trapeze artist plummeted 16ft and hit the ground in front of horrified circus crowds, leaving children asking about her before going to sleep.
A female trapeze artist plummeted 16ft to the ground in front of horrified families after a terrifying accident during a circus performance.
The circus was performing in Sheerness, Kent, on Thursday night when a trapeze artist fell 16ft to the ground.
An air ambulance was called for the performer after she fell from the roof of the main tent of the circus.
Despite the massive fall, she was able to talk to Santus circus co-owner Ernest Santus, as they waited 30 minutes for the ambulance.
He said: “At first she was not moving but after she was talking to me, she said ‘I’m sorry’ but these things happen sometimes.
“She’s okay but in hospital at the moment. We think she lost her balance.”
The fall took place in the first act of the show, forcing it to be cancelled.
Ernest said he believes she only suffered a broken shoulder and collarbone after the accident and she is currently in hospital.
There was an off-duty fireman and ambulance driver in attendance in the audience who were able to rush to her aid after the fall.
Later, a number of police cars were seen outside the circus tent.
People who went to the circus intending to spend an enjoyable evening watching the performers were left shell shocked.
One mum, who took the evening out with her family, posted on social media saying: “Just witnessed a horrifying incident where a trapeze artist has fallen a good 30ft straight onto the floor.
“Absolutely shocking incident to see. Hope she’s going to be ok.”
The South East Coast Ambulance Services confirmed she fell only 16ft.
Another watcher added: “Hoping that beautiful talented young girl is okay.”
Another social media user claimed that she had suffered a broken shoulder and wrist, adding: “She was moving her legs by the time we were leaving, so that’s got to be a good sign.”
Attendees with young children said their youngsters had enquired about the wellbeing of the young woman before they went to sleep that night.
A spokesperson for South East Coast Ambulance Services said, “At approximately 8.22pm last night we were called out to a circus at Marine Parade, Sheerness. We responded to reports of a fall from a height of approximately five metres.
“Ambulance crews attended and it was a female patient who was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken to Medway Maritime Hospital with injuries including concern for a potential spine injury.”