Youth left hanging by arm from bridge
18 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — A 17-year-old boy was left hanging from a Rotterdam bridge for two and a half hours on Thursday night after falling from his scooter.
18 August 2006
AMSTERDAM — A 17-year-old boy was left hanging from a Rotterdam bridge for two and a half hours on Thursday night after falling from his scooter.
The boy fell off his scooter just as the Spijkenisse Bridge over the Oude Maas started to close.
He fell over the edge of the bridge, but his arm was caught between the closing section of the bridge and the road.
The boy remained conscious throughout his ordeal and emergency services eventually freed him.
A police spokesman said the boy's wounds appeared to be less serious than first thought. "It looks like he had luck," he said.
An ambulance took the youth to the intensive care unit of a nearby hospital, but his exact condition is not known.
Emergency services eventually freed the boy by having the bridge opened slightly. The fire brigade caught him in a bag hanging below the bridge.
The police spokesman said the incident was a "bizarre report" in which a large number of emergency service personnel were called out to assist.
Besides police, the regional fire brigade and port authorities, a special fire brigade unit from the Rotterdam region was also dispatched to the scene. That unit is specialised in working at great heights and depths.
A snackbar on a nearby street corner supplied ice to keep the boy's arm cool and police briefly halted shipping traffic on the Oude Maas.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news