Man climbs six storeys of building to rescue boy in south China then suddenly disappears

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 August, 2016, 3:24pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 August, 2016, 3:26pm

The parents of a four-year-old boy in southern China are looking for a man who saved the child after he became stuck in window bars at a residential flat and was left dangling six storeys off the ground, according to local media.

The boy was watching television alone on Thursday afternoon in the family apartment in a village in Longgang district in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, the Yangcheng Evening News reports.

He stepped out of a window and onto the metal bars and apparently slipped. But his head was large enough to stop him from falling all the way through. He didn’t have the strength to lift himself up and was left trapped about 20 metres off the ground.

Neighbours called the police, while others rushed outside with blankets to catch him and set up an inflatable mattress, the News reported.

One 59-year-old neighour tried to climb up, but became exhausted and had to stop when he reached the third floor. Other residents tried to break into the flat but it was locked.

While they waited for the authorities to arrive, a man who appeared to be in his 30s took off his shoes and began to climb the bars of the flats below. In about two minutes, he reached the boy and pushed him up to safety. The boy later said he felt slightly dizzy but wasn’t hurt, according to the report.

The father told police he went downstairs to handle a matter and locked the boy at home alone to watch cartoons. He blamed himself for what happened but insisted the windows were closed when he left.

The Good Samaritan shook the father’s hand but refused to give his name or contact information and left. The family is still trying to find him to thank him.