General view of athletes' accommodation for the 2016 Rio Olympics Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
An eight-year old Israeli girl attending the Olympic Games was injured along with several other bystanders after an overhead television camera suspended by cables crashed from above in the Olympic Park.
Carolina Hirschenhaut, whose family is originally from Bror Hayil in southern Israel and currently lives in Brazil, was at the games in Rio de Janeiro with her father, Moshe, when the camera fell and one of the cables holding the camera aloft whipped her neck leaving burns and other injuries.
Seven people in total were hurt, including Carolina and another child, although none of the injuries were serious.
Carolina was hospitalized for several hours but is now in good condition.
“She was extremely unlucky and incredibly lucky at the same time,” her father joked after the incident. “It could have been much more serious, but thankfully she is now fine.”
The aerial camera, encased in a heavy black cover, belonged to the official Olympics broadcast unit and fell about 20 meters after cables snapped, sending screams through the crowd, witnesses and officials said.
“I was looking to the camera... and suddenly I heard a big snap on the cable and the camera came down,” said visitor Chris Adams, a member of the British gymnastics delegation. “There was a lot of medical people and Rio staff around.
They were very, very quick, they were excellent.”