Acrobat falls in front of shocked crowd

Yulia Tikaeva, 20, suffered serious head injuries after she clipped the edge of the safety net then crashed to the ground, The Sun reported.

Horrified onlookers watched as the Moscow artist fell headfirst — the equivalent of four storeys — during the acrobatic performance in Gomel.

She was unconscious when she was carried away on a stretcher following the jaw-dropping accident on Friday.

The artist is currently in intensive care but doctors say “no bones are broken”.

A spokesman for Gomel City Circus said: “Yulia is still receiving medical treatment. Her skeleton is intact; there are no fractures.

The video shows Tikaeva slipping from the hands of her partner before plunging to the ground.

The video shows Tikaeva slipping from the hands of her partner before plunging to the ground.Source:Supplied

“She has a head haematoma but doctors say that so far surgery is not needed. Time will go and we’ll see how she feels.

“All of us are thinking about her. Many thanks once again for being worried about her.”

One spectator, Elena, said: “She was not caught in time. She fell behind the safety net, with her face down.

“We had seats in the sixth row and saw how she was down. The crowd applauded when she was carried away on a stretcher.”

She added: “Circus workers say that by the end of the show that night they received a call from hospital that the girl was alive but still unconscious.”

The 20-year-old clipped the edge of the net before hitting the ground.

The 20-year-old clipped the edge of the net before hitting the ground.Source:Supplied

Another member of the audience, Margarita, said Yulia “was flying from the hands of one male artist to another and only touched his hands and fell”.

She added: “It looked like she would fall on the net but she only touched it and crashed onto the floor below. All the spectators gasped. She was lying there and did not move.”

Margarita said people rushed to the performer’s side as another acrobat signalled “with his arms” that the aerial show was over.

“Then lights went completely off and the girl was carried away,” she explained. “The show went on and horse riders came to perform.

“They wanted to cheer us up after the accident and performed really well.”

This article was originally published by The Sun and is republished here with permission.