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Video: Girl, 3, swept 100 feet into the air at Taiwan kite festival

Reuters/Taiwan
Filed on August 31, 2020
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A child is pulled up in the air by a kite at an International Kite Flying Festival, in Hsinchu, Taiwan August 30, 2020 in this screen grab obtained from a social media video.

(Reuters)

Millions of people have now seen the footage of the terrifying moment the girl becomes entangled in tail of giant kite.

Footage of a three-year-old girl entangled in the tail of a giant kite survived a terrifying ride after being swept more than 100 feet (30 metres) into the air during a kite festival in Taiwan has gone viral.

Horrified spectators screamed as the girl was catapulted high above them, where she was spun helplessly at the end of the kite's long orange streamer as it soared and swooped in the high wind.

It took some 30 seconds before the girl's nightmare, which happened on Sunday, ended and she was pulled back to the ground by members of the crowd as the kite was brought back under control.

Identifying the girl solely by the surname Lin, local news reports said she amazingly only suffered minor cuts.

The distress caused by the sight the near disaster persuaded organisers to cut short the festival in Hsinchu city in north-western Taiwan.

A Hsinchu city government official told media that a sudden gust of wind at the site, which is know for its strong winds, caused the kite's tail to wrap around the child's waist.

Video of the incident was shared by festival-goers on social media and quickly racked up millions of views.


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