ORLANDO, Fla. – A 52-year-old Central Florida man died Christmas Eve after falling from the Sky Trail ropes course inside Artegon Marketplace, according to Orlando police.
The incident happened Wednesday evening at the Artegon Mall on International Drive, which was packed with Christmas Eve shoppers, and some witnessed Belvoir fall from the highest point of the Skytrail attraction
"As soon as I heard the screamings, I thought, 'My God, what happened?'" said Marcio Boechat.
Police said 52-year-old Robert Belvoir was hooked up to a harness to do the obstacle course when the hook came undone.
"The harness hooks into a little slide piece that lets you slide all around and it came out of that piece," said Lt. Lovetta Quinn-Henry.
Police said Belvoir fell at least 15 feet onto the cement floor and was immediately rushed to Dr. Phillips Hospital, where he died.
"That could have been anybody, really. Could have been a friend of mine from school. Could have been our brother. He likes doing that stuff," said Brayan Ramirez.
"It's very sad because it's Christmas Eve. I can't even imagine that," said Boechat.
Police said Belvoir was with a family member at the time of the accident. Once Orlando police finish their investigation, they'll turn the case over to the appropriate state licensing agency.
The Artegon Marketplace released a statement on Facebook saying, "We extend our condolences and prayers to the family."
The Sky Trail opened to the public in November.