Dubai Police call in model who dangled from Cayan Tower
You may have seen a terrifying video of a young woman dangling from an outstretched arm at the top of Cayan Tower in Dubai Marina doing the rounds on social media. If not, you can watch it below. Many were quick to slam 23-year-old Russian model Viki Odintcova’s stunt as “stupid”, with people questing whether it was legal on our Facebook page.
As many readers pointed out, it’s not legal, and it seems that Odintcova was called in by police. Arabic-language al-Ittihad newspaper quoted Major-General Khalil Ibrahim al-Mansouri, an assistant to the chief of police in Dubai, as saying she "had been summoned to sign an undertaking not to repeat any dangerous moves that could endanger her life in Dubai".
Cayan Group has also condemned the incident, saying: "Although the Cayan Tower has been periodically used for extreme sports events, in all cases there has been safety, security, and emergency services on site.
"We have a process of selecting trained professionals skilled at their craft, especially these high-risk life-threatening events, and carry out a stick review of the safety measures and backup safety measures before approving the event."
“Under no circumstances can we condone Ms Odintcova’s irresponsible actions, and we are in the process of reviewing our security procedures to understand and rectify where the lapse occurred and how to prevent such in the future."
The company said that it would pursue legal action against the model, which is likely why police called her in to sign an undertaking.
People on our Facebook page raised concerns for Odintcova’s life, as well as the safety of others. Svetlana wrote: “Stupid. Illegal. If you don't care about yourself- think about other people who might get involved.”
While Louise said: “If she fell, she could kill people below.”
Let’s hope that Odintcova has learned her lesson this time, and isn’t planning any more dangerous stunts.