5 injured in high-wire act

5 Members Of Wallenda Family Injured

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Five performers are injured after they fell from a high-wire act rehearsal at Circus Sarasota outside of University Town Center in Florida on Wednesday.

The performers are part of the Circus Sarasota starring famed high-wire walker Nik Wallenda.

According to our Tegna-sister station WTSP in Tampa, eight performers were on the wire practicing the final act, the pyramid, about 20 feet from the ground.    

Circus founder and CEO Pedro Reis told the media Wallenda was on the high-wire at the time of the fall, but was not injured.

Winston Simone, Nik Wallenda's agent emailed this statement to 2 On Your Side: "There was an accident while they were practicing. They are being attended to by incredible doctors, and Nik is confident that all involved will be fine." 

Nik Wallenda walked across a high-wire over Niagara Falls in 2012.


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