TODAY   |  July 08, 2012

Terrifying plunge: Tightrope walker falls 130 feet

A man survived a 130-foot fall off of a tightrope in China Sunday. The acrobat was walking backwards with his eyes covered when he lost his balance he said because of the wind. CNBC's Amanda Drury reports.

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>>> a chinese acrobat survived a fall after a tight rope today in central china . he was walking backwards 657 feet above the ground with his eyes covered when he slipped. the acrobat didn't take any safety precautions except for the pole he used to keep balanced. he fell about 130 feet, but didn't appear to be seriously injured. the acrobat says he fell slightly -- fell slightly faint after walking more than 50 minutes and he slipped because of the winds.