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VIDEO: Dad of injured circus acrobat says it's a miracle they survived plunge Published: May 5, 2014

The father of one of the high-flying acrobats injured in a Ringling Brothers circus accident in Rhode Island said it's a miracle they all survived the terrifying 35-foot plunge, reports NBC News.

"The accident was very, very horrible," Roiter Neves said in a phone interview from Brazil shortly after his 24-year-old daughter, Widny Neves, emerged from surgery on her badly broken arm.

The dad, a veteran circus performer himself, said he saw a video of the mishap in which a circular metal platform suddenly fell from the rigging while his daughter and other troupe members were suspended from it by their hair.

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