5 circus performers injured in high-wire act fall

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Five performers were injured after they fell from a high-wire act rehearsal at Circus Sarasota outside of University Town Center on Wednesday.

Four victims were confirmed as trauma alerts. There were no fatalities reported.

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In total, eight performers were on the wire practicing the final act, the pyramid, about 20 feet from the ground. It was part of Circus Sarasota's record-breaking attempt to perform the eight-person stunt, circus founder and CEO Pedro Reis said during a media briefing.

The performers are part of a troupe of funambulists starring world-famous high-wire walker Nik Wallenda. They were performing final rehearsals ahead of the Circus Sarasota's opening show on Friday.

Wallenda was on the high-wire at the time of the fall but was not injured, Reis said. Wallenda posted an image of the pyramid stunt on his Twitter account.

 

 

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