Russian boy, nine, killed after he is thrown from a playground swing

Boy, nine, is killed after he is thrown 15ft in the air while circling 360 degrees on a Russian playground swing

  • Savely Zolotukhin was showing off by spinning over the top of the swing’s frame
  • The Russian boy made three full 360 degree spins before losing his grip
  • He was then thrown 15ft away from the swing, hitting his head hard on the floor
  • Tragically, he died eight days later of serious head injuries at a Perm hospital

A nine-year-old boy has died after being thrown 15ft in the air while showing off his new trick of 360 degree spins on a playground swing.

Savely Zolotukhin had made a number of successful revolutions but then decided to show off to his friends by trying one more.

This time, the stunt in a park in Perm, Russia went tragically wrong as he attempted his fourth spin, and he was thrown 15ft onto hard asphalt.

A Russian boy was thrown from a swing as he showed off his new trick of spinning all the way over the frame in a playground (pictured)

Savely Zolotukhin was thrown 15 ft from the swing and suffered devastating head injuries

His friends rushed to him, and onlookers called the emergency services.

The schoolboy suffered serious head injuries and died on Monday, eight days after his fall.

‘Doctors carried out the whole range of medical and diagnostic measures, but, despite all their efforts, the boy’s life could not be saved,’ said a spokesman for Perm Children’s Regional Hospital.

Distressing images, captured on a nearby CCTV camera on September 25, show the group of children arriving at the park just after 5.30pm local time.

Savely immediately runs to the swing and climbs on to it so he is standing on the seat while holding onto the frames.

With the help of a friend, Savely begins to gain momentum, swinging forwards and backwards and quickly gaining height on each swing.

When the children arrived at the park in the late afternoon, Savely immediately ran to the swing and begun gaining momentum while standing on the seat (pictured)

But after completing three full-360 degree spins over the top of the frame, he lost his grip and flipped off the seat, spinning through the air before landing on his head

In less than 20 seconds, he’s able to spin all the way over the top of the frame, and completes his first 360 degree spin.

He does another two, but as he reaches the bottom of the third, and as the swing begins to make its fourth spin, he loses his grip, and his feet fall off the seat.

Savely is thrown up into the air as his body spins backwards, and he flips over twice before he is shown hitting the ground hard, 15ft away from the swing.

The boy was the only child of his recently divorced parents, mother Ekaterina Suchkova, 31, and father Sergey Zolotukhin, 32 (pictured right with Savely)


Pictured left: Savely with his mother Ekaterina Suchkova, 31, and right holding a fish. Reports say the swings lacked blockers to prevent 360 degree spins, and a criminal case has been opened into the tragedy

His friends, one of which was on another swing nearby, all run over to Savely where he has landed, and the footage ends.

The boy was the only child of his recently divorced parents, mother Ekaterina Suchkova, 31, and father Sergey Zolotukhin, 32.

Local reports say the swings lacked blockers to prevent 360 degree spins, and a criminal case has been opened into the tragedy.

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