Highland Video games tragedy as castle visitor, 65, is killed immediately when 22lb metal ball from hammer-throwing party ‘flies around a hedge’ and hits him in the head in Holland
- The customer was walking the grounds of Geldrop Castle when he was struck
- The hammer flew more than a hedge and smashed into him for the duration of the event
- The 65-year-previous was pronounced lifeless at the scene and the Online games ended up halted
A passerby has been killed all through the hammer-throwing event at the Highland Online games soon after he was struck by the 22lb ball in the head in a freak accident in the Netherlands.
The 65-calendar year-old guy was walking in the grounds of Geldrop Castle when the unseen hammer soared as a result of the sky and smashed into him.
A witness instructed nearby news outlet Omroep Brabant: ‘The pendulum dropped, we observed the ball go about the hedge and then we read a lady screaming very loudly.
A passerby has been killed throughout the hammer-throwing function at the Highland Video games in the Netherlands (pictured: law enforcement at the scene yesterday)
The 65-yr-outdated man was strolling in the grounds of Geldrop Castle (pictured) when the unseen hammer soared via the sky and smashed into him
‘It wasn’t a spectator… so he didn’t see the ball coming at all.’
The man was not a spectator for the Open up Highland Game titles but was instead browsing the castle gardens.
A trauma helicopter and emergency expert services rushed to the scene but he was pronounced lifeless at the scene.
The hammer is a picket pole with a metallic ball attached to the conclude, and attributes in the classic Scottish games.
Spectators could only observe on in horror as the male was knocked to the floor and the Game titles have been quickly halted.
Many ran toward the sufferer and experimented with to perform CPR but their initiatives were being in vain.
The hammer is a picket pole with a metallic ball hooked up to the end, and capabilities in the common Scottish video games
The guy was not a spectator for the Open up Highland Online games but was instead viewing the castle gardens (file image of a hammer thrower)
Witnesses claimed they experienced been informed not to stand in the area the place the ball experienced landed but folks were able to wander driving the hedge.
The hammer thrower was ‘completely upset’ after the tragedy, with a witness expressing: ‘He was not a rookie, but definitely a prime participant, who experienced presently participated in huge competitions before.’
Adri Geerts, chairman of organisers Foundation Village Internet marketing Geldrop-Mierlo, instructed nearby media: ‘We are flabbergasted that a little something like this can happen.
‘You will not count on it, it is the most significant catastrophe that can come about to all of us. We are devastated.
‘I felt tremendous thrilled about the event and all the people today who have been there.
‘That someone then dies thanks to an accident, that can make me super unhappy.’
Opponents are obtaining enable from victim assistance and the athlete who threw the lethal hammer is ‘completely beside himself’, Geerts said.
Law enforcement are continuing to investigate the incident and have not yet publicly determined the sufferer.