A high-wire artist lost his footing as he attempted to break a world record by crossing a canyon along a cable hundreds of feet in the air - with no safety net.
Saimaiti Aijiang would have plunged to an almost certain death had he not managed to grab the 3.1cm diameter wire - which runs at a 40 degree angle and is used to carry a tourist cable car.
He slipped after making his way two-thirds of the way across the 700 metre gorge in Tianmengshan, China, a popular scenic spot for tourists.
A climber came to Aijiang's rescue by sliding along the wire and securing him to a harness so he could be lowered to the ground.
As he found his feet, a relieved and shaky Aijiang, his hands cut and bloody from hanging on the thin wire, broke down in tears and sobbed into his mother's shoulder at his failure to break the record and his near-death experience.
'Dawazi' or high-wire walking is a traditional folk stunt with a long history in Xinjiang, China.