Video: Girl, 3, swept 100 feet into the air at Taiwan kite festival
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.
HOLD ON TIGHT: Dramatic video shows a 3-year-old girl swept into the air after getting caught in the strings of a kite at a festival in Taiwan.- ABC News (@ABC) August 31, 2020
The child was reportedly shaken up but not injured. https://t.co/6Ciuh4thkI pic.twitter.com/nCU3RClPV3
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 3-year-old girl was swept more than 30 feet into the air after being entangled in a kite string during a festival in Taiwan on Sunday, prompting authorities to halt the event.- Bloomberg (@business) August 31, 2020
The girl was not injured, according to her parents https://t.co/4Tikh3nyup (Video @QuickTake) pic.twitter.com/6EVVP75DFm
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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