A man has survived a serious accident after his foot became tangled in a rope while ringing a cathedral bell.
Mr Bowman said: “There were 20 of us there ringing. The rope went round my ankle and it took me from standing to upside down in seconds. It just flicked me upside down – that’s what did the damage.”
A painful injury
Mr Bowman – a mechanic by trade – had been visiting the cathedral with 19 other campanologists, or bell-ringers, and was one of two people raising the tenor bell when the freak accident occurred.
Emergency services attended and placed Mr Bowman on a spinal board, before taking him to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue tweeted pictures of the rescue, and Service Group Commander Grant Wills tweeted: “Technical and challenging job to rescue one male from bell tower, professional crews a credit to the community they serve.”
Mr Bowman said: “The fire brigade came and took me down – they were amazing and the paramedics and hospital staff were excellent.”
Despite the painful injury, Mr Bowman is still able to walk and is recovering at home in Widecombe-in-the-Moor in Devon.
‘Crashing down with a big bang”
Recalling the incident, the experienced bell-ringer said: “We were raising the tenor bell, which takes two people, and the rope caught my heel.
“It pulled me up in the air and I came crashing down on the floor with a big bang.”
Mr Bowman re-iterated his thanks to the emergency services, adding: “It was just an accident – these things do happen sometimes in life.”
Source: The Guardian
Date Published: February 25, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown