A child acrobat has died after falling from a lighthouse during the filming of TV show about some of France’s most famous monuments, Sky News reports. The 12-year-old, named by the French media as Lilou Gaude, was killed in the accident at the Cap Ferret lighthouse in Bordeaux on Thursday evening. Regional newspaper Sud Ouest reported that aerial acrobatics company Adrenaline had been hired for the programme and that the dead girl, whose father, Nicolas, owns the firm, was part of the act.
She is said to have fallen several metres. It is understood the cameras had not been rolling at the time. Emergency services were soon at the scene but the youngster died shortly after their arrival. Both her parents are said to have been present at the time of the tragedy. An investigation has been launched by police, with officers set to examine film footage as part of the inquiry.
France Television said filming of The Favourite Monument of the French by the Morgane TV production company had been suspended. It has extended its condolences to the family. YouTube footage was posted in February this year of Adrenaline at the same lighthouse, which showed an acrobat performing aerial stunts around the tower while suspended from a wire.