[Hpn] Homeless man stuck on ledge for three days
William Charles Tinker
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 04:09:06 -0400
Homeless man stuck on ledge for three days
Johannesburg, South Africa
08 August 2006
A man had to be rescued after he was stuck for three days on a ledge in an
unused building in Auckland Park on Monday, emergency services said.
The homeless man from Limpopo had been trying to hide from robbers and
climbed up a series of stairs to reservoir tanks previously used to produce
gas at Egoli Gas company, spokesperson Malcolm Midgley said.
"It's like a maze in there. He must have climbed up the stairs, shimmied
across beams, found a place where he thought nobody would be able to see
him, and then he realised he couldn't get down."
A passer-by looking for scrap metal heard the man calling and alerted staff
at Egoli Gas who called the fire department.
"We used ropes and ladders to get to him and bring him down safely," said
The man was treated for hypothermia and hypoglycaemia at Helen Joseph
hospital. -- Sapa
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