Moment circus audience screams as performer plunges 30ft from giant spinning wheel – narrowly avoiding death

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THIS is the moment a circus audience screams in terror as a performer plunges 30ft from a giant spinning wheel.

Acrobat Navas Haurigui, 23, was rushed to hospital following the sickening Big Top accident witnessed by kids and families.

 Acrobat Navas, top right, topples over after losing his balanceSWNS Acrobat Navas, top right, topples over after losing his balance

Footage taken at Gandey’s Circus on the island of Guernsey shows Navas, who goes by the name Howie, struggling to keep his balance as the giant wheel spins round.

He topples over, leaving his legs dangling in the air before falling to the ground.

A pair of men then come rushing to his aid as he lies on the ground.

Audience member Vicki Bennalick, 31, captured the horrifying scenes on Tuesday.

 Navas' legs dangle over the side of his wheelSWNS Navas' legs dangle over the side of his wheel  There were screams from the audience when Navas began his plunge to the groundSWNS There were screams from the audience when Navas began his plunge to the ground

The cake decorator said: "The space wheels were the last act and it was introduced to the audience as the only one in the UK and Guernsey without any safety nets or lines.

"They didn't get far into the performance before something went wrong.

"The circus performer seemed to time his landing in the wheel slightly wrong which caused him to lose his rhythm and fall out of it.

"The audience gasped and were very shocked.

 Navas fell 30ft to the floor of the circus belowSWNS Navas fell 30ft to the floor of the circus below  Navas was quickly tended to by two worried circus workersSWNS Navas was quickly tended to by two worried circus workers

"I quickly stopped filmed as I was there with my children and aside from worrying about the performer, my first priority was to reassure the kids.

"The Gandey family acted fast.

"The lights went up so they could get to him then they quickly put a spotlight on the ringmaster who reassured everyone. It was a good distraction for the kids.

"Two minutes after his fall, two other circus performers performed in the back wheels. It was very much 'the show must go on!'"

After a check-up at hospital Howie was found to be only suffering from bruising.

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