Extreme sport kills Russian enthusiast

Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:57 AM

MOSCOW, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- One man was killed and another was injured when an inflatable ball they were riding in went off a cliff in southern Russia, authorities said.

The accident, which occurred at a resort in Russia's North Caucasus Mountains, claimed the life of extreme sport enthusiast D. Burakov who suffered a broken neck in the fall, the official Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Vladimir Shcherbov, 33, was hospitalized with a concussion and multiple lacerations to his head and body, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

The two were participating in a sport known as zorbing that originated in New Zealand.

The ball they were riding in was supposed to come to a gentle stop at the bottom of the mountain but instead veered off course and plunged down a ravine.

Russian officials have opened a criminal negligence investigation into the deaths.

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