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Man Plummets 70 Feet After Rope Snaps During Mexican Day Of The Dead

This is the moment a rope snaps around a dangling man’s feet during a tradition Mexican event for the Day of the Dead and he falls nearly 70 feet to the ground below.

The ‘Danza de los Voladores’ (‘Dance of the Flyers’) is an ancient Mesoamerican ritual that is still performed in parts of Mexico today.

The event in the town of Huaquechula in the Mexican state of Puebla was declared a cultural heritage event in 1997.

A performer who was performing a ritual tied to a rope prior to the celebration of the Day of the Dead fell from a height of 20 metres, in Huaquechula, Mexico, on 1st October. (@jans.aguilar0777/CEN)

The event involves a group of participants climbing a 30-metre (98-foot) pole as four or five slowly descend to the ground while tied with rope. Meanwhile, one or two others remain on top of the pole and play music, often with a flute and drum.

However, during the event in Huaquechula on 31st October, the rope around one man’s feet snapped and he plummeted 20 metres (66 feet) to the ground.

The footage shows two people playing music on top of the pole as four others dangle by their feet and spin around the rotating pole.

A performer who was performing a ritual tied to a rope prior to the celebration of the Day of the Dead fell from a height of 20 metres, in Huaquechula, Mexico, on 1st October. (@jans.aguilar0777/CEN)

The rope attached to one participant suddenly snaps and he falls to the ground as onlookers gasp.

According to witnesses, the incident happened just 13 seconds into the event.

The man, name not reported, suffered multiple injuries and fractures and was taken to the Hospital General de Atlixco where he is said to be in a stable condition.

A performer who was performing a ritual tied to a rope prior to the celebration of the Day of the Dead fell from a height of 20 metres, in Huaquechula, Mexico, on 1st October. (@jans.aguilar0777/CEN)

It is unclear if the local authorities are investigating the accident.

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