Published: Thu, February 09, 2017
USA | By Yvette Dunn

Tightrope fall, multiple injuries at Circus Sarasota

According to the firefighters, a call alerted the authorities that multiple people had fallen from the tightrope at University Town Centre in Sarasota.

One additional injured person was taken to the hospital, but not as a trauma. Pedro Reis, founder and CEO of Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory, said the performers who fell lost their balance, and that the rigging did not fail or collapse.

"Wallenda is the most famous name in circus history, Nik and his family", Reis said.

Wallenda's feats have included high-wire walks above Niagara Falls, between two Chicago skyscrapers while blindfolded and across Arizona's Grand Canyon. One patient was sent to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. "The show must go on", reiterated Reis.

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About 12:45 p.m., eight performers, including Wallenda, were on the wire when the incident occurred, officials said.

"They were approximately, I would say, 20 feet, 25 feet off the ground", Reis said. Reis said the circus will announce if that changes, however, "the show must go on". "Nik was at the rear of pyramid and did not fall off the wire".

Nik Wallenda and his high-wire troupe have keeping much of their act for the upcoming Circus Sarasota show "Synergy" under wraps. The circus people are resilient.

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