London mayor gets stuck in mid-air in zip line stunt gone wrong

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 11:04 EDT
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London mayor Boris Johnson via screen grab
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Surely it seemed like a good idea at the time, sending London’s Mayor Boris Johnson whizzing down a zip line in his suit and tie, blue-helmeted for safety and waving a Union Jack in each hand. Things shortly turned sour, however, when the mayor came to a sudden halt in mid-air and was forced to call down to bystanders for a rope.

Johnson was the first passenger to use the zip line, which was set up in London’s Victoria Park. It was about 1:30 p.m. local time when the mayor leapt from the tower and began his descent, only to run out of steam and come to a halt dangling high above the ground.

“Can you get me a rope?” he called down to the crowd of onlookers gathering to gawk and snap cell-phone pictures of the dangling dignitary. “Get me a rope, okay? I believe they need to test this on someone going a bit faster.”

Teams on the ground were able to manually pull the mayor the rest of the way down.

Watch video of the incident, embedded via YouTube, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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