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VIDEO: Sri Lankan kite flyer is dragged up into the sky


Terrifying moment kite flyer dangles 30 feet up in the air after being whisked off the ground when his friends let go of the rope in Sri Lanka

  • Nadarasa Manoharan was flying kites with his friends in Jaffna, Sri Lanka
  • His friends let go of the rope of the large kite propelling Manoharan into the sky
  • Manoharan dangled from the rope for a minute until his arms got numb


This is the heart-stopping moment a man was carried into the air after his friends let go of the rope leaving him dangling for more than a minute. 

Nadarasa Manoharan was playing in a kite-flying game when he was lifted more than 30 feet into the air in Point Pedro, Jaffna in Sri Lanka.

More than seven people were helping to fly the giant square kite on December 20, which was being let out on a long rope. 

Nadarasa Manoharan was taking part in a kite-flying game when he was lifted more than 30 feet into the air in Point Pedro, Jaffna in Sri Lanka

Manoharan's friends were letting out the kite allowing it to gain altitude by rotating in a relay further down the rope

Manoharan’s friends were letting out the kite allowing it to gain altitude by rotating in a relay further down the rope

The giant kite was able to drag the seven men along the ground as they struggled to keep it under control

The giant kite was able to drag the seven men along the ground as they struggled to keep it under control 

Manoharan was dragged into the sky after his friends let go of the rope

Manoharan was dragged into the sky after his friends let go of the rope 

Manoharan hung on desperately for more than a minute as his friends tried to bring him back to earth

Manoharan hung on desperately for more than a minute as his friends tried to bring him back to earth 

The team rotated further down the line like retreating infantrymen involved in a tactical withdrawal. 

Unfortunately for Manoharan, at one stage he was the only person holding onto the rope and he started rapidly ascending. 

Footage shows him grimly hanging onto the rope as the kite takes him higher into the air. 

Several of his friends try to pull him back to earth, but powerful gusts and the size of the kite continue to produce enough lift to keep Manoharan airborne. 

At one stage he is more than 30 feet in the air and heading up. Luckily, his friends manage to counter the lift and start bringing him back down to earth. 

Manoharan suffered minor injuries after he fell at least 15 feet onto the ground

Manoharan suffered minor injuries after he fell at least 15 feet onto the ground 

However, while still approximately 15 feet above the ground Manoharan, who has been hanging onto the rope for more than a minute, lets go and plunges to earth. 

The barefoot adventurer can be heard moaning as his friends rush over to help him. 

Local media reported that Manoharan suffered ‘minor injuries’.  

He told local media that he refused to look down and only let go of the rope when his hands became numb. 

In August last year, an unidentified girl was swept up in the air at Nanliao harbour in Hsinchu City when she was caught up by a giant, long-tailed orange kite. 

Footage from the scenes her twisting several times above a crowd of adults as they desperately struggle to pull her back down to earth.

Local reports suggest a group of people were able to catch her when she fell to the ground. 

Four months later, in Indonesia, a 12-year-old boy was swept up by a kite – before plummeting head-first more than 30ft to the ground in front of horrified onlookers.  

Video footage showed  the boy being lifted off the ground, apparently tangled in the strings of the dragon kite, before it snapped, sending him plunging downwards into a field full of people in Pringsewu regency, Lampung.

Somehow, the unnamed child, identified only by his initials IR, survived the fall, reportedly breaking multiple bones.

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