TAIPEI: A three-year-old girl in Taiwan was reported safe after becoming caught in the strings of a kite and lifted several metres into the air.
The unidentified girl was taking part in a kite festival on Sunday (Aug 30) in the seaside town of Nanliao when she was caught up by a giant, long-tailed orange kite.
Video shot at the scene showed her twisting several times above a crowd of adults for about half a minute before coming back to earth into outstretched hands.
News reports said the girl was frightened but suffered no physical injuries in the incident.
Hsinchu mayor Lin Chih-chien said the girl suffered some scratches to her face and was terrified by the ordeal, but otherwise unharmed.
"The city government expresses its deepest apologies to the girl and the public," he said on Facebook.
Footage of the incident quickly went viral.
"Everybody at the scene was almost scared to death. It really just happened in a blink of an eye," wrote one blogger, who goes the name Via, in a Facebook post featuring a video of the accident that had over 1.61 million viewings.
A 34-year-old man, identified by his family name Lin, told Apple Daily that he helped reel the girl back to land when the kite's tail dipped low enough.
"At first I thought it's some kind of a stunt show ... then I just thought (we) can't let the kid fall," he said.
Authorities in Hsinchu halted the kite festival after the incident.