Man left dangling 100m from bridge after glass shattered beneath his feet

Kate Plummer
Tuesday 11 May 2021 09:12
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The poor tourist was left clinging on for dear life

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A man in China was left dangling from a bridge after strong winds shattered the glass beneath his feet.

Images shared on social media showed the man dangling in the middle of the 100metre-high bridge, in the north-east of the country, which was smashed by gales reaching up to 150km per hour.

According to Xinhua news agency, firefighters rushed to the scene on the Piyan Mountain.

But the man, who was a tourist in the region, had already managed to pull himself back to safety with the help of on-site staff.

He was taken to hospital for observation and counselling, and is now said to be in a “stable emotional and physical condition”.

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Nevertheless, the area has been closed and an investigation into the incident has been launched.

Amazingly, it is not the first accident of its kind in China.

In 2018, Hebei province shut all of its 32 glass attractions - including bridges, walkways and viewing decks - while safety checks were carried out.

Meanwhile, one person died and six others were injured in 2019 after they fell off a glass slide in Guangxi province.

And in 2016, a tourist was injured by falling rocks while walking on a glass walkway in the city of Zhangjiajie.

Around 2,300 glass bridges have been built across the country as part of a major bid to profit from booming domestic tourism.

The structures are heavily marketed towards thrill-seekers and day-trippers.

And yeah, they sound like a lot of fun, guys

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