An acrobat from Germany failed in his bid to walk 820 feet (250 metres) across the River Thames on a tightrope on Friday (August 6).
LV Tight-rope walker climbing rope across Thames
GV Crowds watching from bridge
LV Walker across tightrope
GV People watching from boats
LV Walker stumbles & sits on rope
STV Boat stands by to rescue walker
LV ZOOM IN TO GV man asking for GBP300 to jump
SV Walker hangs from rope
LV Man drops into water, rescued by boat crew(2 shots)
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NOTE TO EDITORS: THE NATURAL SOUND INCLUDES LIVE COMMENTS FROM BURBACH THROUGH A RADIO TRANSMITTER TIED ROUND HIS NECK.
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Background: An acrobat from Germany failed in his bid to walk 820 feet (250 metres) across the River Thames on a tightrope on Friday (August 6). He was 30-year-old Franz Josef Burbach from Cologne, who was trying to raise money for charity. Half-way across, however, he gave up and tried to drag himself the rest of the way in a sitting position. But that also failed, and he eventually fell 60 feet (20 metres) into the water. No-one in the watching crowds responded to his offer to fall in for GBP300 (sterling). Mr Burbach, after being picked up by a rescue boat, explained that he tried to cross without his balancing pole, which was damaged, He would make the attempt again, he added.