Two women escape with minor injuries after terrifying fall from swing on 6,300ft cliff edge in Russia
The swing supposedly "did not meet safety standards".
Two women escaped with only minor injuries after experiencing a terrifying fall from a swing perched on a 6,300ft cliff edge in Russia.
The women had a very narrow escape after the swing, located over Sulak Canyon in the Russian Republic of Dagestan, on the Caspian Sea, saw one of its chains snap, causing the seat to tip over and the pair to be flung towards the steep cliffs.
Thankfully, both women are okay and sustained no serious injuries as a small wooden platform broke their fall and the pair only ended up with scratches and scars.
😱 В Дагестане две девушки, катаясь на качелях, сорвались вниз Сулакского каньона. К счастью, они почти не пострадали — отделались ушибами. Выбраться девушкам помогли очевидцы. pic.twitter.com/Qkt9sA5CXv
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Commenting on the incident, a source told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper: "The girls got scared and sustained scratches, but neither of them suffered serious injuries."
The source added that it was "chilling" to imagine what may have happened had the women slipped or the swings were at their maximum height of 6,300ft.
The Ministry of Tourism in Dagestan said in a statement after the event that the swing didn't "meet safety standards" adding that law enforcement agencies and other services are "already conducting relevant checks to ensure that nothing threatens lives and health" in the future.
Police in the region of Zubutli Village, where the incident took place, are now investigating the safety of several canyon swings, with reports suggesting the local Kazbekovsky council are expected to look for the swings to be removed following the incident.