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Video: Hero catches stranger's phone mid-air while riding roller coaster

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The incredible moment was caught on the ride's camera.

Published: Fri 6 Sep 2019, 2:00 PM

Last updated: Fri 6 Sep 2019, 4:32 PM

A New Zealand sportsman displayed an adrenaline infusing stunt whilst on a 133kmh roller coaster ride when he managed to catch someone's dropped phone mid-ride. 

The incredible moment was caught on the ride's camera and shows the rider, Samuel Kempf, reaching out and grabbing a phone flying through the air in a split second. According to Stuff.co.nz, Kempf said that another rider had dropped his phone at the beginning of the ride and he had joked that he would try to catch it.
According to reports in The Sun, Kempf was in Europe last month for the Fistballing World Championships and went to Spain's PortAventura theme park with his family. He decided to ride the 133kmh Shambhala ride - one of the biggest rollercoasters at the park, where the incident took place.
"The ride started and I totally forgot about it because I was just in the moment 'cause it was such a good ride and then after the first drop we rose up and I just saw the phone drift across my view so I reached out and managed to catch it," Kempf said.
The thrilling rollercoaster ride's footage shows Kempf extremely excited as the ride began but moments later he suddenly appears to be shocked. Seconds later, he stretches out of his seat and catches the flying phone and holds on to it for the rest of the ride. The footage also shows him shaking hands with another rider seated behind him as the rollercoaster zoomed.
Kempf shared the video to YouTube and wrote: "I caught a stranger's phone in mid-air on a roller coaster!" The video received more than 8,600 views in just 24 hours, since it was uploaded on Thursday.

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