A Chinese professional free climber is lucky to be alive after falling from the popular Mount Jigong cliff in China's Chongqing city.
A man identified only as Du was attempted to get the perfect photo when he plummeted down the mountainside. He was hiking with a group of friends when the accident happened.
The video captures the dramatic moment Du hangs on the cliff. It shows him as he posed for the camera standing on the rock. However, moments later, he was seen hanging off the cliff with his bare hands. Witnesses can be heard screaming as he went tumbling over the edge.
Apparently, Du was having a lucky day as he managed to get back to his feet after the bumpy landing. He just suffered bruises and cuts but had no broken bones. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated for the minor injuries and discharged the same day.
“I lost my footing and slid down, but fortunately landed in mud instead of hitting more rocks,” he added.
Du, who has practiced free climbing for more than four years, is urging everyday enthusiasts to be careful when attempting similar feats.
It seems Chinese people have a habit of performing less-than-safe feats.
Not long ago, a Chinese couple posted a hair-raising video online, featuring themselves performing a stunt routine on a high-rise building, including one where the man raises the woman on his shoulder and turns around in circles. The couple performed death-defying and incredibly senseless stunts on top of a skyscraper — all for the sake of viral fame.
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