It’s the thing nightmares are made of, and for one mother in Taiwan the nightmare became reality at the 2020 International Kite Festival.
A three-year-old girl surnamed Lin became wrapped up in the tail of a giant kite. As soon as the adults released the kite into the sky, the girl was immediately pulled into the sky where her body was violently swung around like a rag doll.
The blood-curdling screams of the girl’s mother and nearby onlookers can be heard during the terrifying scene.
Luckily, the child was able to maintain her grip on the massive kite even as she dangled hundreds of feet above the ground. The kite was soon pulled closer down to the ground where the girl was able to be safely caught after falling a short distance.
The girl was promptly sent to a local hospital where it was confirmed her only injuries were some mild scratches on her face and neck. Otherwise, the worst thing she received was the horrific experience of being sucked into the sky on a windy day.
The gust of wind that pulled little Lin into the sky was reportedly measured at level 7 on the Beaufort scale.
This year marks the kite festival’s fourth anniversary.
The Hsinchu City government suspended the entire event soon after the incident. An apology video issued by city mayor Lin Chih-chien was later posted on Facebook.
“The city government team offers its sincere apology to the victim and the public,” she said, adding that an investigation into the incident will be started to prevent similar cases from ever happening again.