Girl, 3, accidentally lifted metres into the air by kite at Taiwan festival

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A leisurely day out at the beach turned out to be a terrifying one for many kite festival-goers in Hsinchu, Taiwan yesterday (Aug 30).

They screamed as they watched a toddler, caught in the tail of a large kite, get lifted metres into the air and tossed around several times by strong winds.

As the kite-flyer manoeuvred the kite back to the ground, numerous adults rushed to catch the falling girl.

Despite the scare, the three-year-old suffered only abrasions on her face and neck from the incident, Taiwanese media reported.

A video clip capturing the heart-stopping moment soon made its way onto Facebook.

Posted by a woman who witnessed the incident, she cautioned parents bringing children out to such events to be especially careful as it had all "happened in an instant".

Addressing the incident, the Hsinchu City Office said that the girl was taken for a medical check-up and treatment at a hospital. Besides the abrasions, no other physical injuries were found.

Hsinchu City mayor Lin Chih-Chien also made a public apology and added that the city office is investigating the incident.

A 3-year-old girl got caught in a large kite and was launched into the air during a kite festival in Taiwan, shocking onlookers before they were able to pull her down safely.

Posted by TRT World on Sunday, August 30, 2020

All activities at the two-day event were suspended for public safety.

While some netizens urged parents to keep a close watch on their children while they're out, others who attended the event suggested separating kite-fliers and festival-goers so as to prevent similar incidents from happening.

下午在新竹市政府舉辦的風箏節現場,發生一起現場施放的風箏尾段意外纏住小朋友,造成小朋友驚嚇及頸臉擦傷的意外事件,我們立即全面暫停現場活動,確保民眾安全,並由工作人員陪同家長與小朋友就醫,第一時間我們也前往醫院探視,所幸孩子經檢查後一切平安,目前已經在市府同仁陪同下返家休養。 市府團隊對當事人及社會大眾表達最深的歉意,我們會檢討原因,避免意外再次發生,也會追究責任,深刻檢討。

Posted by 林智堅 on Sunday, August 30, 2020