#UK Highland Games tragedy as visitor, 65, is killed instantly when 22lb metal ball hits him in the head #UKnews

#UK Highland Games tragedy as visitor, 65, is killed instantly when 22lb metal ball hits him in the head #UKnews

#UK Highland Games tragedy as customer, 65, is killed immediately when 22lb steel ball hits him within the head #UKnews

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Highland Games tragedy as citadel customer, 65, is killed immediately when 22lb steel ball from hammer-throwing occasion ‘flies over a hedge’ and hits him within the head in Holland

  • The customer was strolling the grounds of Geldrop Castle when he was struck
  • The hammer flew over a hedge and smashed into him in the course of the occasion
  • The 65-year-old was pronounced useless on the scene and the Games have been halted 

A passerby has been killed in the course of the hammer-throwing occasion on the Highland Games after he was struck by the 22lb ball within the head in a freak accident within the Netherlands.

The 65-year-old man was strolling within the grounds of Geldrop Castle when the unseen hammer soared via the sky and smashed into him.

A witness instructed native information outlet Omroep Brabant: ‘The pendulum dropped, we noticed the ball go over the hedge after which we heard a girl screaming very loudly.

A passerby has been killed during the hammer-throwing event at the Highland Games in the Netherlands (pictured: police at the scene yesterday)

A passerby has been killed in the course of the hammer-throwing occasion on the Highland Games within the Netherlands (pictured: police on the scene yesterday)

The 65-year-old man was walking in the grounds of Geldrop Castle (pictured) when the unseen hammer soared through the sky and smashed into him

The 65-year-old man was strolling within the grounds of Geldrop Castle (pictured) when the unseen hammer soared via the sky and smashed into him

‘It wasn’t a spectator… so he did not see the ball coming in any respect.’

The man was not a spectator for the Open Highland Games however was as a substitute visiting the citadel gardens.

A trauma helicopter and emergency providers rushed to the scene however he was pronounced useless on the scene.

The hammer is a picket pole with a steel ball connected to the tip, and options within the conventional Scottish video games.

Spectators may solely watch on in horror as the person was knocked to the bottom and the Games have been instantly halted.

Many ran in direction of the sufferer and tried to carry out CPR however their efforts have been in useless. 

The hammer is a wooden pole with a metal ball attached to the end, and features in the traditional Scottish games

The hammer is a picket pole with a steel ball connected to the tip, and options within the conventional Scottish video games

The man was not a spectator for the Open Highland Games but was instead visiting the castle gardens (file image of a hammer thrower)

The man was not a spectator for the Open Highland Games however was as a substitute visiting the citadel gardens (file picture of a hammer thrower)

Witnesses stated they’d been instructed to not stand within the space the place the ball had landed however individuals have been in a position to stroll behind the hedge.

The hammer thrower was ‘utterly upset’ after the tragedy, with a witness saying: ‘He was not a rookie, however actually a high participant, who had already participated in large competitions earlier than.’

Adri Geerts, chairman of organisers Foundation Village Marketing Geldrop-Mierlo, instructed native media: ‘We are flabbergasted that one thing like this will occur.

‘You do not count on it, it is the largest catastrophe that may occur to all of us. We’re devastated.

‘I felt tremendous excited in regards to the occasion and all of the individuals who have been there.

‘That somebody then dies because of an accident, that makes me tremendous unhappy.’

Competitors are receiving assist from sufferer help and the athlete who threw the deadly hammer is ‘utterly beside himself’, Geerts stated.

Police are persevering with to analyze the incident and haven’t but publicly recognized the sufferer.

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