Monday, 02. March 2015
29. 08. 14. - 15:00
Ten-year-old telly fan Tang Chu was at the end of his rope when a worker outside his family's eighth floor apartment made too much noise - so he cut their safety harness.
Horrified worker Liu Mai saw the youngster run to the window and begin to slice through the rope above him and begged him to stop.
He said: "I was using an electric drill to fit security lights to the outside of the building when I felt my safety rope shaking. I looked up to see what was wrong.
"Then I saw the boy cutting the rope with a knife. I shouted at him to stop but he didn't listen and soon after, the rope was broken. I was petrified. I thought I was sure to fall, but the boy just stood and watched me."
Liu was left dangling more than 80ft above the ground in south-western China's Guizhou province with just a single fixed rope to cling to.
Workmate Zhang Pan heard his screams for help and called in firemen, who winched terrified Liu up to the 11th floor.
A fire service spokesman said: "This could have had fatal consequences. The boy didn't think about his actions. The worker was left dangling and was holding on for dear life. Luckily we were able to save the man and winch him onto a balcony to safety.
"The boy clearly thought his cartoons were more important than someone's life. He said that the builders were too loud and it was distracting him as he tried to watch his favourite cartoons. He has since apologised for his actions."
Dad Tang Peng said: "He just didn't think. We have apologised and bought the man a new rope.
"We also gave him a good talking too and explained what he did was very dangerous. He has promised he will not do something similar again. I think we may also need to take him for some anger management therapy."
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