Mum’s sees daughter, 11, fall from carnival float and get crushed to death

Mum’s sees daughter, 11, fall from carnival float and get crushed to death

April 25, 2022

A MUM was left horrified after her 11-year-old daughter was crushed to death in a freak carnival float accident.

The fatal incident happened last week after the young girl fell from the colourful float during the festivities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Raquel Antunes da Silva was rushed to a local hospital in a critical condition as she underwent an emergency leg amputation.

Doctors told how she bravely fought on for 36 hours before eventually succumbing to internal bleeding on Friday.

On Wednesday, the young girl had left her mum and climbed atop a float leaving the main Sambadrome parade area.

However, she reportedly fell and was left sandwiched between the EM Cima de Hora samba float and a pole as horrified by-standers looked on.

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Police are now said to be studying CCTV footage of the incident as they investigate allegations of manslaughter and a potential breach of safety regulations.

The tragedy has reportedly left the girl’s pregnant mother, Marcela Portelinha Antunes, devastated as a probe is opened into her daughter's death.

The Rio de Janeiro municipal authorities confirmed they have provided basic food baskets, as well as social workers and psychologists to the family as the LIGA RJ (carnival league) expressed their condolences.

The horrific incident marred the otherwise joyous return of Rio's carnival festivities following a two-year absence due to covid.

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The event was cancelled in 2021 for the first time in a century as the pandemic raged across the world.

The previous year, the festival went ahead as coronavirus was still just at its early stages of devastation but crowds were restricted.

Normally celebrated in February, the parade this year was delayed by two months as Omicron took hold of Brazil.

But amid its long awaited resumption last Wednesday, revellers were visibly elated as celebrations continued through the week.

Geography teacher Ana Vieira, 48, who has been parading for 20 years said she was overwhelmed with happiness.

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She told the Daily Mail: "I'm just so happy. I think a lot of people are going to cry… including me.

"Carnival is life. You can see the happiness on people's faces after two long years staying home and missing it."

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