Live from Rio 2016: Cable Camera Falls, Injures Seven; Investigation Ongoing
An aerial cable camera system that was flying over the Barra Olympic Park fell to the ground at near the entrance to Arena Carioca 2, causing minor injuries to seven spectators. According to a statement by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), the pulling rope for the camera came down at 1:30 and a cherry picker was on its way to recover the pulling rope and clear the area.
At that time, according to the statement, the camera was at a height of 10 meters above the concourse and was supported by the two independent guide ropes, each of which could support the full load of the camera. But before the cherry picker could arrive both ropes simultaneously broke and the camera fell approximately 20 meters onto the lower concourse near the arena. According to local medical authorities, there were seven minor injuries that have received medical attention.
Conditions at the park were gusty and windy as hot weather was giving way to a cooler front with some rain around the time of the incident.
OBS says a full investigation has been launched.