Tourist Rescued After Strong Winds Shattered Glass Bridge in China

A tourist was stranded on a 300-foot-tall glass-bottomed suspension bridge in Longjing city, Jilin province, China. / Weibo

A man was left stranded on a glass-bottomed suspension bridge in north-eastern China after sudden gale-force winds shattered the transparent panels around him.

The man was on the 100-metre-high bridge at Piyan Mountain in Longjing city, when it was hit by sudden strong weather, the local tourism department said.

Gusts of up to 150km per hour blew out several glass panels, trapping the tourist until he could be rescued by firefighters, police, and forestry and tourism personnel more than half an hour later.

Photos shared on social media showed the man clinging to the side of the bridge, surrounded by gaping holes where the glass panels used to be. State media reports were viewed more than 5.8 million times on China’s microblogging social media platform, Weibo.

The man was reportedly unharmed but was sent to hospital for assessment and counselling, state media reported.

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SOURCE: The Guardian, Helen Davidson