ACT ENDS IN TRAGEDY
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[ September 14th 2004 ]
inquiry has been launched by Yarmouth Borough
Council into the death of a circus performer who
plunged 30ft. during a Lara Croft-style Tomb Raider
act in front of a stunned audience of 800, Norfolk
Country Press reports today. Miss Garcia, 38,
from Birmingham, used an alleged faulty "descenderit"
in the opening sequence of her act to arrive from
the roof to the ground during a show at Yarmouth's
Hippodrome Circus. The unit's worn ratchet teeth
were later found to have caused the equipment's
primary braking system to fail.
council solicitor Chris Skinner said: "The prosecution
cannot say the extent to which the failure of
the main brake caused or contributed to the fatality
because we know the second brake engaged." Norfolk
Country Press concluded that although the back-up
brake would have caused more of a jolt, it would
be expected that an artist would be able to withstand
the force. The inquiry continues.