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AustraliaPICTURED: Circus acrobat, 28, fighting for life after falling 11 metres during a trapeze performance - as witness say they thought the horrific accident was 'all part of the show'

20:41  16 july  2019
20:41  16 july  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Trapeze artist injured in 11-metre fall during Adelaide circus show

Trapeze artist injured in 11-metre fall during Adelaide circus show A 28-year-old circus performer is rushed to hospital with multiple injuries after plummeting 11 metres from a trapeze during a show in Adelaide. Emergency services were called to the Circus Rio show at Glenelg just before 5:00pm today. The SA Ambulance Service said the performer fell about 11 metres to the ground and suffered multiple injuries. The 28-year-old woman was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. According to its website, Circus Rio is an international troupe featuring Russian and Belarusian trapeze artists. It is currently touring Australia for the first time. More to come.

PICTURED: Circus acrobat, 28, fighting for life after falling 11 metres during a trapeze performance - as witness say they thought the horrific accident was 'all part of the show'
PICTURED: Circus acrobat, 28, fighting for life after falling 11 metres during a trapeze performance - as witness say they thought the horrific accident was 'all part of the show'
PICTURED: Circus acrobat, 28, fighting for life after falling 11 metres during a trapeze performance - as witness say they thought the horrific accident was 'all part of the show'
PICTURED: Circus acrobat, 28, fighting for life after falling 11 metres during a trapeze performance - as witness say they thought the horrific accident was 'all part of the show'
PICTURED: Circus acrobat, 28, fighting for life after falling 11 metres during a trapeze performance - as witness say they thought the horrific accident was 'all part of the show'
PICTURED: Circus acrobat, 28, fighting for life after falling 11 metres during a trapeze performance - as witness say they thought the horrific accident was 'all part of the show'
PICTURED: Circus acrobat, 28, fighting for life after falling 11 metres during a trapeze performance - as witness say they thought the horrific accident was 'all part of the show'
PICTURED: Circus acrobat, 28, fighting for life after falling 11 metres during a trapeze performance - as witness say they thought the horrific accident was 'all part of the show'

The aerial artist involved in a circus stunt that went horribly wrong in front of shocked spectators is an experienced performer.

Circus acrobat critically injured after 11 metre fall during performance

Circus acrobat critically injured after 11 metre fall during performance A circus acrobat has been critically injured after falling during a school holiday performance in Adelaide this evening.

Gabrielle Souza Santos, 28, was rushed to hospital in Adelaide in a critical condition after she plunged 11 metres to the ground 45 minutes into a Circus Rio show at Wigley Reserve in Glenelg on Tuesday afternoon.

Footage has emerged of the Brazilian performer moments before the horrific incident, which shows the aerial artist swinging through the air on a high ring.

Video provided by Nine News

Paramedics were at the scene within minutes.

'The woman was rushed very urgently to Royal Adelaide Hospital after she suffered multiple injuries,' a South Australia Ambulance spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.

PICTURED: Circus acrobat, 28, fighting for life after falling 11 metres during a trapeze performance - as witness say they thought the horrific accident was 'all part of the show'

PICTURED: Circus acrobat, 28, fighting for life after falling 11 metres during a trapeze performance - as witness say they thought the horrific accident was 'all part of the show' This is the experienced aerial artist involved in a circus stunt that went horribly wrong in front of shocked spectators in Adelaide on Tuesday.

Ms Souza was expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday night after she dislocated both elbows and wrists.

Circus Rio has since taken to Facebook to post that Ms Souza is now recovering and 'smiling'.

'We are pleased to share that our aerial performer Gabby Souza is okay and on the road to recovery after an unfortunate accident in tonight’s show. She is smiling and would like to thank everyone who has sent her wishes,' the post read.

'Being a performer is her livelihood and she hopes that her fans and friends will continue to support her fellow cast at Circus Rio. While Gabby will need time to recover, it can be assured that the conditions were safe and our performers love what they do.'

According to her Facebook profile, Ms Souza is an experienced performer having performed for several circus companies in Brazil, including Unicirco Marcos Frota, Circo dos Sonhos, Circo Florilegia and Circo Stankowich.

Acrobat smiling after terrifying circus fall caught on camera

Acrobat smiling after terrifying circus fall caught on camera An acrobat is recovering well after plunging almost 10 metres during an Adelaide performance.

She also trained at a specialised circus school and has been with Circus Rio since December 2017.

She has posted several recent photos of herself enjoying Adelaide, where the circus has been based since the start of July.

Distressed audience members, including many young children, initially thought the performer's fall was part of the act before realising there had been a terrible accident.

'She had the ring behind her neck and the next thing she just went bang, to the ground, straight onto the wooden floor,' witness Alice Young told Nine News.

One man told Seven News: 'Some people thought it was part of the show and obviously, it was a terrible accident.'

The incident, which occurred 45 minutes into the show, brought an early end to the performance as the shell-shocked audience was asked to leave the tent immediately.

'People came running, and then we were asked to leave,' Ms Young said.

Circus Rio's Faceook post stated it had to cut the show short due to concerns  about Ms Souza's safety and those who attended will receive a replacement ticket to attend another performance.

Twin sister to replace injured acrobat as she recovers

Twin sister to replace injured acrobat as she recovers The sisters have performed the dangerous act hundreds of times all over the world. This is the first time either of them have had a serious accident. No safety devices are used for the traditional stunt and they say that won’t change. “They ask you why you risk your life? We love that, we love the stage,” she said. © 9News Acrobat Gabby is back on her feet after the fall. Gabby will undergo multiple surgeries on her broken wrist and dislocated elbows. She is being inundated with get well messages from strangers. She's expected to make a full recovery and be back on stage within weeks.

The horrific fall happened shortly after event organisers shared a Facebook post promoting a return of the trapeze show.

'Our Trapeze show is BACK! Catch our team of Russian and Belarusian trapeze artists on NOW at Wigley Reserve,' the Circus Rio post read.

The two shows scheduled for noon and 7pm on Wednesday will go ahead as planned.

'Come along and support our talented performers,' the Facebook post states.

Safework SA has launched an investigation.

South Australia Police are not investigating, a spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.

The circus has been based in the seaside suburb of Glenelg since July 4, where it has another week to run before it heads to Bathurst in central west NSW next month.

The international circus also has Samba Dancers, FMX bike riders who soar through the air, ballet dancers and acrobats.

'The first of it’s kind in Australia! Circus Rio is making history with stunts that have never before been performed in this corner of the globe,' its website states.

Circus Rio in Adelaide temporarily shutdown after two accidents.
Authorities conducted a safety audit of Circus Rio and found issues with the rigging, winches, electrical equipment and the licensing of high-risk work. Nine prohibition notices were issued. © 9News An acrobat injured herself last week. “These issues must be resolved, and compliance met before the related items and equipment can be used,” SafeWork SA said. The audit comes after an acrobat was injured last week when she slipped from a ring and fell nearly 10m to the ground below, suffering multiple injuries and fractures to her wrists and elbows. © 9News A bike rider was injured four days later.

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