Two people in China fell while taking part in suspension bridge obstacle courses in separate incidents last week, with one man plunging to his death and a 10-year-old boy sustaining severe injuries after he slipped from his safety harness.
Both had been attempting the “step by step with fright” challenge, popularized by viral videos on Chinese social media and featured in tourist spots across the country.
The challenge involves crossing over a series of suspended planks or floorboards that form a bridge suspended several hundred feet above the ground. Participants are typically provided with a harness attached to the bridge.
However, last week’s incidents have triggered an online debate on the need for better safety measures and have raised questions about whether staff on-site knew what they were doing with the harnesses.
Videos online show the unresponsive man hanging from his harness underneath the bridge as staff struggled to pull him back up. Insider has chosen not to share these videos because of their graphic content.
As the staff members hoist the man back towards the bridge, they lose their grip, and the man plummets into the treeline below.
Authorities said they had ordered the tourism spot to close for a complete investigation into the incident.