Scaffolder rescues suicidal man

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 November, 2009, 12:00am

An elderly man who climbed out a window of a Sai Wan Ho flat onto scaffolding with the intention of committing suicide was rescued when a quick-thinking worker tied him to the scaffolding with rope.

The man, in bare feet and wearing shorts and a white T-shirt, had climbed onto the scaffolding outside the third floor of Tai Cheong House in Hong Cheung Street at about 8am.

A worker surnamed Wong and his supervisor, who arrived to inspect the bamboo structure erected for repairs to the outer wall of the building, saw the man, said to be in his 60s.

Wong climbed up the scaffolding without a safety harness and grabbed the man while his supervisor called police.

'The worker secured the elderly man by tying him to the scaffolding with rope,' the Fire Services Department said.

The department received the call at 8.03am and sent five fire engines and an ambulance to the scene.

Firefighters arrived five minutes later and found the man tied to the scaffolding outside the third floor.

The man complained of feeling dizzy, the department's spokesman said.

'The elderly man was untied and rescued unhurt by firemen using a hydraulic platform,' the spokesman said. He was then taken to Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.




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