Injured bell-ringer winched 80ft from Worcester Cathedral bell tower

Injured bell-ringer winched 80ft from Worcester Cathedral bell tower

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The injured man is thought to have been a visiting bell ringer

A man had to be lowered 80ft (24m) when he was injured after being flipped upside down and dropped in a freak bell-ringing accident at a cathedral.

Dramatic pictures show Ian Bowman being brought to the ground at Worcester Cathedral by a specialist rescue unit.

The accident happened during evensong on Saturday when the bell-ringing rope caught Mr Bowman’s heel. He was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Mr Bowman, 51, fractured a bone in his back but is able to walk.

Mr Bowman, who was performing as a visiting bell-ringer, said: “[The rope] pulled me up in the air and I came crashing down on the floor with a big bang.”

The mechanic, from Widecombe-in-the-Moor, in Devon, said he had been ringing the tenor bell, which requires two people.

Mark Regan, ringing master at the cathedral, told the Worcester News it was a “freak accident”.

“He went up in the air a couple of feet and landed awkwardly,” he said.

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Mr Bowman was lowered to safety by a specialist rope rescue unit

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Pictures posted by the fire service show him being brought to the ground

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Group commander Grant Wills said it was a technical and challenging job

Source: BBC – UK News

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