Brian Hamacher

Nik Wallenda on Wire When 5 Others Fall at Circus in Sarasota

Nik Wallenda, part of the famous wire-walking family troupe known as "The Flying Wallendas," was on a high wire when five people fell at a circus in Sarasota on Wednesday.

Sarasota County officials said eight people were injured and five were hospitalized, including four people who were hospitalized as trauma alerts after the incident at Circus Sarasota. The extent of the injuries to the others was not immediately known.

Wallenda was on the wire but was serving as an anchor and didn't fall.

"Nik was on the wire and I spoke to him and he was fine. Waiting for updates, but hospital visits are precautionary," Winston Simone, spokesperson for DSW Entertainment, told WFLA.

The people fell 25 to 30 feet at the Circus Arts Conservatory on Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota Fire Rescue officials said.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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