Man survives 100m bridge fall

2012-09-17 09:28
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Durban - A man was rescued after he fell 100 metres from the Shongweni bridge in Pinetown on Sunday, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said.

"The 35-year-old man went over the side of the bridge, while witnesses said his car was parked nearby," ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

"The circumstances surrounding the reasons as to why the man went over in the first place will be investigated by the police who were involved in the call."

Jackson said when rescuers got to the man he was alert, conscious and complaining of pain.

"Immediate efforts were started to set up the rescue equipment, where they would have to go over the side of the bridge to pull the man up in a specialised stretcher," she said.

"Almost two hours later, and their patient still in a stable condition, rescuers had managed to bring the man up to the top of the bridge and he was further treated for his injuries."

She said despite the distance of the fall, the man sustained a broken arm, possible neck and back injuries, and multiple abrasions. He was taken to the Hillcrest Private Hospital for further medical care.

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