Still conscious and able to stand, they were rescued by two skiers, who then pulled both men up to the top of the hill. Burakov suffered serious spinal injuries and died on the way to the hospital. Shcherbakov suffered a concussion and other injuries and remains hospitalized.
What does not go together
A. "able to stand" and "conscious"
B. "pulled both men up to the top of the hill" and "hospitalized"
C. "conscious and able to stand, they..." and "serious spinal injuries"
OMG, I haven't seen galoshi for yonks! Them fookin' Rooskies are all nucking
futs. I seriously think their Mongolian heritage has given them a collective
(no pun intended) sense of fatalism - nothing ever phases them. What, rope
up to walk up the Kahiltna Glacier? Why would you do that? It's dead flat!
It turns out this was a cheap Chinese knock off of a Zorb®. Zorbs are single occupant spheres, and the franchised operations have very strict guidelines for use (first and foremost having proper fencing on the course, obviously). There are also significant dangers inherent with a two-person sphere, prohibiting their use.
There was another incident involving one of these unlicensed, double-occupant knock-offs where a reporter was severely injured when the sphere went off course and landed hard on concrete after jumping an inadequate fence: