Specialist team assembled to abseil man safely down from tower… A scaffolder had to be rescued from a church tower in Norfolk after he slipped and fell suffering three broken ribs.
The 26-year-old man lost his footing while working at St Nicholas Minster in Great Yarmouth.
The fire service in Norfolk reported that the man had fallen a total of 15 feet or 5 m where he landed on a flat roof. The injuries he sustained in the fall meant that he was unable to get down from the scaffolding safely. A specialist rescue team was put together in order to rescue the man from the tower. The team initially treated the man for his injuries before process leading to abseil the man down from the tower.
A member of the Norfolk Fire and rescue service said “the man was injured in the fall and we worked with police and ambulance colleagues to bring him down safely”.
Reverend Andrew Avery said the accident occurred as he was finishing the morning prayer service in the Minster:
“When we came out the fire services were already here, I believe the man fell from the scaffolding around the spire into the tower which is a flat roof. He suffered chest injuries which are significant. We have prayed that he will make a swift recovery.”
After the man was treated for his injuries while lying on the roof near the top of the tower, he was then transported to James Paget Hospital in Gorleston where he is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.
A spokeswoman for the ambulance service commented on the unique nature of the rescue:
“This was a very complicated operation due to the difficult location.”