Woman tangled (but not to death) in cathedral bell ropes

(NB: not the woman in question, nor even a characterisation of her – just a random angry old woman )
A WOMAN taking part in a bell-ringing tour yesterday became tangled in the ropes of a cathedral bell, broke her leg and was left trapped up the bell tower.

The 50-year-old, from Lismore in NSW, spent an hour trapped in the bell tower of Brisbane’s historic St John’s Cathedral after falling awkwardly and breaking her leg while ringing the bell. She was pulled off her feet and injured her pelvis in the freak accident. Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Alan Muxworthy said the woman mistimed her actions. “She got caught up in the ropes, which lifted her off the ground and deposited her back on the ground very quickly,” Mr Muxworthy said.

The woman was at the cathedral with a group of bell ringers – also known as campanologists – from Lismore. A device similar to a cherry picker was needed to remove the woman from the bell tower. Mr Muxworthy said the woman had been conscious throughout the 60-minute ordeal “and in a fair bit of pain”.

The bell-ringer, who was treated in hospital, had remained calm and in good spirits, he said.

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~ by k-rock and l-jive on August 17, 2008.

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