Bell ringer in church tower accident

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A bell ringer broke his collarbone after becoming entangled in a rope at the top of a church tower.

Tony Merry was hoisted 3ft off the belfry floor when the rope caught his trousers. Stuck fast in the cramped upper reaches of St Mary's Church in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, he had to be rescued by firefighters and paramedics. They used a pulley to lower him through a trap door 15ft above ground and down on to a stretcher below.

Recovering at home yesterday, Mr Berry, 58, said: "Nothing like this has ever happened before – it gave me a real shock. I think a bunch of keys got caught in the rope and I was pulled about 3ft off the floor. The shock made me black out and I lost consciousness and fell to the ground and bashed my shoulder. The paramedics gave me morphine to help with the pain and then I was conscious throughout the rescue."

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2 Comments
Posted May 16, 2008 at 8:58 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. hodgepodge wrote:

I didn’t know his name, but his face rang a bell.  smile

And I seriously hope the gentleman recovers and all is well.

May 16, 10:49 am | [comment link]
2. azusa wrote:

Hoist by his own pet. Arrr.

May 16, 12:35 pm | [comment link]
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