Deadly ski resort “Zorb” accident caught on video

Posted at 3:40 PM, Jan 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-09 15:41:22-05

DOMBAI, Russia — One man was killed and another seriously injured after a ride in a “Zorb” at a Russian ski resort turned deadly in a terrifying accident caught on video.

According to the U.K. Daily Mail, Denis Burakov, 27, and Vladimir Shcherbov, 33, were inside the Zorb – essentially an inflatable sphere – when it veered away from the ride’s handlers and plunged down a steep, rocky canyon before coming to rest by a lake nearly a mile away.

WARNING: Disturbing video – viewer discretion advised.

The accident happened at the Dombai resort complex in Russia’s North Caucasus mountains.

Burakov was killed in the accident after suffering a broken neck and spine. Shcherbov suffered a concussion and multiple lacerations to the head and body, but was treated and released from the hospital, officials said.

Russian Police have begun an a criminal investigation into the accident. If found guilty of negligence, the Zorb’s operators could face up to 10 years in prison.