Instead of landing in the sea as they there were told they would, a parasailing couple in Russia were flung onto power lines, after which they crash landed on a crowded beach.

The harrowing incident, which took place near the Dzhubga resort in Russia, was captured by a beachgoer. The video, which was nearly a minute long, showed the couple getting tangled in high voltage cables after they fly toward the beach. After the parasailing tourists hit the power lines, sparks could be seen as one of the lines snapped.

Following severe electrocution, the man and his girlfriend were seen spinning mid-air, still tied to their harness, as sunbathers screamed in horror. The man dangled lower than the female as both of them plunged around 100 feet, smashing into beach umbrellas before hitting the sand.

Witnesses rushed to help the couple and both of them were taken to the Tuapse District hospital in Novomikhailovsky settlement, according to the Sun. The victims were not identified and investigators believed they were tourists, visiting from Oryol region in central Russia.

Following the incident, the man suffered electric shocks and multiple broken bones and was believed to be in critical condition, while his 21-year-old girlfriend sustained severe scratches apart from receiving similar shocks.

Russian police believed the 44-year-old boat owner, who went by the name Alex Batman in the area, was to be blamed for offering the couple the nightmarish joyride for 52 pounds ($68).

Batman, who according to the locals was drunk when he offered the pair the ride, was believed to have pulled a rope to yank them free after they hit the cables, which resulted in them spinning out of control before hitting the ground. He fled the scene soon after the incident and investigators were yet to locate him. They have also not confirmed whether he was intoxicated while operating the speed boat which launched the couple into the air.

It is believed Batman started offering people the chance to fly over the beach due to the strong onshore winds on that particular day. The opportunity was appealing to beachgoers as it let parasailers graze the height of a nine-storey building. However, it also meant the thrill-seekers would fly over deadly power lines, near the beach.

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In the couple’s case, the wind dropped significantly while they were still in the air, causing them to lose height and hit the electric cables.