Two skydivers fall to their deaths during Rio Olympic Rings routine


Two skydivers have fallen to their deaths while performing an Olympic Rings aerial routine in Brazil.

A group of 28 skydivers had attempted to recreate the five Olympic rings while in freefall over Boituva, a town 72 miles west of São Paulo.

Boituva Fire Department told G1 the two men collided mid-air when it is believed their parachutes became intertwined, causing their fall.

The two men were named as National skydiving champion Gustavo Correa Garcez, 39, and instructor Guilherme Bastos Padilha, 47.

Correa Garcez died at a nearby hospital minutes after arriving while Bastos Padilha died at the scene due to traumatic brain injury.

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The Games organising committee stated following the tragedy that the aerial show did not form part of the official preparations for the ceremony.

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