Tourist stranded after strong winds damage glass bridge
LONGJING, China / CNN — Officials are blaming extreme weather for causing a terrifying incident that left one tourist stranded on a glass-bottomed suspension bridge in northeast China on May 7.
A photo shared by Chinese state media Xinhua on Chinese social media site Weibo shows a person clinging to the bridge’s railing, surrounded by missing and damaged glass platform panels.
The bridge is located in the Piyan Mountain Cultural Tourism Scenic Area outside the city of Longjing. That area was hit by record-high winds of up to 93 MPH.
Officials said that rescue teams were called in to assist the stranded tourist, who was able to evacuate the bridge at 1:20 p.m.
“The staff of the scenic area rushed to the scene as soon as possible, brought emergency equipment and successfully transferred the trapped person to a safe area,” a statement read, in part. “There were no casualties. After being kept in the hospital for observation, the trapped person was in stable emotional and physical condition and has been discharged from the hospital.”
The entire Piyan Mountain Scenic Area has since been closed and officials have ordered a comprehensive safety inspection of all attractions in the area, including the bridge.
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