THIS is the shocking moment a man dangles from a theme park ride moments before falling 50 feet to his death.
Shocked witnesses saw the 32-year-old plummet from the Sky Ride chair lift at Lagoon Amusement Park in Utah while on a family trip.
Farmington Police Chief Wayne Hansen said the man died from his injuries in hospital on Monday.
He had been flown by helicopter to the University of Utah Hospital in a critical condition after being tended to by officers and paramedics at the scene.
Park visitor Lucy Grace Astilla told Renard 13 that she saw the man – whose name has not been released – riding alone on Saturday.
When she spotted him clinging to the chair lift, she had initially assumed he was “a professional gymnast” performing a daring “stunt”.
“What is he doing?” she asked while filming as the man was carried across a tree-covered walkway, and people can be heard yelling up at him in the shocking video.
Astilla had been traveling in the opposite direction, and filming the aerial view, when she captured him clinging to the the front railing of a purple chair.
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Dans la vidéo, the man did not move while being carried over a fountain, but he can be seen looking around.
Both of his hands were clutching onto the safety bar of the Sky Ride , which is the Lagoon’s only transport ride, and carries parkgoers to and from the north and south ends of the Midway.
Farmington Police said they received multiple 911 calls shortly before 6pm, when the man fell to the ground.
Au weekend, Astilla told Fox 13: “Last night, I was not able to sleep thinking about that man. I pray for him. I hope he can recover.”
But on Monday the Farmington police were notified he had died, and that his family did not want his name released.
The force has also confirmed that the fall was unintentional.
The fatality is under investigation, with cops and amusement park officials saying that it did not appear the ride had malfunctioned.
Police Chief Wayne Hansen told KSL: “We don’t know why he did that or what was going on. We just don’t know.”
Our hearts go out to the family.
Lagoon Amusement Park
The man had gone to the park with other family members, according to local media reports.
Park spokesman Adam Leishman told KUTV: “Every ride on the park undergoes intense safety inspections.
“This received an inspection Saturday morning.”
The Lagoon said in a statement: “We are saddened by the incident that occurred [samedi] on the Sky Ride.
“Our hearts go out to the family and other associated.
“The incident is under investigation by local authorities and Lagoon is cooperating with that investigation.”
Il a ajouté: “The Sky Ride has been operating without incident since its installation in 1974 and there is no indication that the ride malfunctioned.
“Lagoon was given authorization by authorities to reopen the ride Sunday.”