Rio police charge five in relation to Olympic camera fall

A Rio police investigation this week determined negligence contributed to an overhead camera falling during the Olympics in August as the company responsible for the camera asserted the accident was caused by a third party who cut the cables.

At least seven people suffered minor injuries when an aerial camera and its cables fell about 65 feet in the Olympic Park on Aug. 15.

The Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS), which provides TV feeds for countries around the world outside NBC, was using the camera to get aerial shots of the Olympic Park.

According to the Associated Press, the police have charged five people with “bodily injury," with three working for a contractor hired by OBS, one by OBS, and one working with the local Olympic organizing committee.

The report said the five people named "had the responsibility to prevent the result" that occurred, according to the AP.

The report says the camera was originally suspended by three cables, with one snapping and leaving the camera suspended by two cables for 45-60 minutes.

In response, OBS said the police report and that of independent experts confirmed the fall was the result of the cables holding the camera being cut in the same section over Jacarepagua Lagoon, “in an area allegedly secured, exactly adjacent to the Olympic Park.”

OBS said in a statement that each of the three cables could have sustained “several times the weight of the camera and that the cables could not have broken as a result of its normal operation.”

“The company defends and endorses the decisions made by its managers and maintains that all necessary measures were taken for the installation and operation of the camera system by the company which provided the service,” OBS said in its statement. “OBS would also like to clarify that the decisions regarding safety at the Olympic Park and its public areas were made by the Organizing Committee Rio2016 and that OBS has always followed diligently all their procedures and directives.”


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