Man gets stuck in a ventilation shaft 27 STOREYS up while trying to send gifts to a friend ‘like Father Christmas’
- Chinese man was trapped in a tiny passage hundreds of feet above the ground
- He had to scream for help while holding onto a thin rope for his life in Linyi city
- He said he wanted to give some presents to a friend, but the friend wasn’t home
- Therefore he decided to descend from the rooftop with the gifts like Santa Claus
A Chinese man’s creative gift-giving attempt has led him to be stuck in a building’s ventilation shaft hundreds of feet above the ground.
The man had hoped to send presents to a friend ‘like Father Christmas’, but ended up having to scream for help while dangling down the tiny chute 27 storeys up.
Firefighters rescued the unnamed man after neighbours heard him shouting and called the police on Saturday in eastern China’s Shandong Province.
Firefighters join forces to pull up the man who is stuck in a ventilation shaft in Linyi, China
Rescuers manage to save him after throwing a rope to him and provided him with a harness
The unfortunate gift-giver was found clinging to his life at about two metres (6.6 feet) below the rooftop in a residential building in the city of Linyi, according to Linyi Fire Brigade.
He was seen desperately holding onto a thin red rope with nothing to support his feet underneath, firefighters said in an online statement.
Rescuers threw a rope to the man and provided him with a harness.
The man said he had gone down the shaft from the rooftop but failed to climb back up
He claimed that he wanted to send the gifts down the chute because his friend wasn’t home
They also wrapped the edge of the shaft with clothing to prevent potential secondary injuries on the man.
Four firefighters then joined forces to pull the man up using the rope, as footage shows. He was freed about 10 minutes later.
The man confessed that he had come to give some gifts, which included wine and cigarettes, to a friend, but the friend wasn’t home.
The man said he was trying to send gifts like Santa Claus before getting stuck 27th storeys up
Therefore, he thought of the idea of sending the presents to his friend’s home down the chimney ‘like Santa Claus’.
He said he had managed to descend the ventilation shaft and left the goods there, but when he wanted to climb back up to the rooftop he realised he couldn’t.
He thanked the firefighters for saving him and expressed regret for his behaviour.
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