Terrifying moment women fall off cliff as tourist swing breaks

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Two women have been filmed falling from a swing on the edge of a 6,300ft cliff in Russia.

Alarming video shows the pair initially swinging in the chair above the popular Sulak Canyon in Dagestan.

The pair laugh as they go back and forth but their laughter and joy soon turns to screams as a chain snaps and they are sent over the edge.

Two women fall from a swing in Sulak Canyon in Dagestan.
A cable snaps and the women fall from the swing. Source: Liberdade

Luckily, the duo survived. They landed on a narrow decking platform under the edge of the cliff, and their lives were saved.

They sustained no more than cuts and bruises, but police are investigating safety failings at this location near Zubutli village and others nearby where the canyon is more than one mile deep.

“The girls got scarred and sustained scratches, but neither of them suffered serious injuries,” a source told newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.

“It is chilling to imagine what could have happened if they slipped when the swings were at a maximum height.”

The local Kazbekovsky council is expected to demand such precipice swings be removed, said reports.

The Sulak gorge is deeper than the Grand Canyon in the US, and described as the deepest canyon in Europe.

The Ministry of Tourism in Dagestan said the swing “did not meet safety standards”.

Two women fall from a swing in Sulak Canyon in Dagestan.
Another angle of the fall. Source: East2West/ Australscope

“As a result, the young women fell off the swing seat,” said their statement.

“Law enforcement agencies and other services are already conducting relevant checks to ensure that nothing threatens lives and health”.

Other videos of the incident emerged on social media, prompting a wave of disbelief from users.

The Sulak Canyon is a popular tourist spot in Dagestan and is deeper than the US's Grand Canyon.

Instagram is awash with photos of the stunning landscape with many people pictured near cliff edges at several locations along the canyon.

Several other swings similar to the one in the video are dotted around the canyon. 

- East2West/ Australscope

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