Death Ride zip-line instructor dies in horror fall after safety harness fails
A group of horrified kids watched a zip-line instructor plunge to his death after safety equipment at an adventure sports event called the Big Happening in Zwenegem, in the Netherlands.
Aaron Delannoy, 24, from Kortrijk, Belgium, died of multiple injuries after falling over 30 feet from the ride on April 26.
The Big Happening, which is packed with daredevil rides, is a magnet for school trips, with hundreds turning up every day.
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After overseeing the Death Ride for a day, Delannoy had decided to have a go himself, according to local media. But moments after he set off on the slide, his safety equipment failed, and he crashed to the ground.
Local media reported that many children were still at the event, and saw Delannoy's horror fall. He was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.
Kortrijk's public prosecutor's office also examined the site and have asked a technical expert to report on the crash.
Police commissioner Michael Vanden Heede said: "A supervisor from the nature sports organisation Oenanthe decided to descend himself via the death ride around 8 pm.
"He had spent hours guiding young people. For reasons that are still unclear, things went completely wrong and he made a fatal fall."
Aaron's grief-stricken parents said "his dream job had killed him."
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The mayor of Zwenegem, Marc Doutreluingne, also did not remain impartial: "The municipality owns the site but is not directly involved in the organisation of activities.
"But, I know from personal experience that Oenanthe considers the safety of paramount importance.
"As far as I know, this is the first time that a serious accident has happened. Today [Thursday], all adventurous activities at the event have been cancelled at the request of the municipality."
The facts of the accident are still being investigated by the police.
The location of the accident, a former power station, is a popular site for daredevils and outings for local boarding schools.
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