5 circus performers injured in high-wire fall in Florida

Five circus performers under the direction of world famous high-wire performer Nik Wallenda were injured Wednesday when they fell 25 feet to the ground during a practice session in Sarasota, Florida.

Four of those injured are classified as trauma victims and were transported to trauma facilities, according to Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier. It was part of Circus Sarasota's record-breaking attempt to perform the eight-person stunt, circus founder and CEO Pedro Reis said during a media briefing.

Nik Wallenda, known as the "King of the High Wire", was the anchor in the pyramid during the practice, but was not injured. The other two were transported to Blake Medical Center and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. "And the show must go on". One performer lost balance, Reis said.

The accident happened around 12:43 p.m. The rigging, he emphasized, did not collapse. "Our hearts go out to the families", he said.

Wallenda wowed audiences when he crossed tightropes over landmarks like the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and the downtown Chicago skyline.

Eight performers were on the high wire at the time of the accident, including world-famous high wire performer Nik Wallenda.

Circus Sarasota performing 7-person pyramid a week before their 8-person pyramid.