China-Rescue/Scaffold Collapse

Falling construction worker from 8-meter-high wall caught up by martial arts master

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Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, east China - March 29, 2017
1. Surveillance tape showing scaffold fell
2. Amateur footage showing construction worker hanging onto wall
3. Surveillance tape showing Wu Qiang reaching out to catch construction worker when he fell off wall

Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, east China - April 2, 2017
4. Various of injured worker in bed
5. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) construction worker surnamed Wang (no full name given):
"One of my feet has climbed onto it while the other was climbing. Clatter! The scaffold collapsed. I'm lucky to hold onto the wall with my hands."

Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, east China - April 1, 2017
6. Martial arts coach Wu Qiang reading
7. Wu showing his swollen arm
8. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Wu Qiang, martial arts coach who caught Mr.Wang with bare hands when Wang fell off wall:
"I learn martial arts. It's also an instinct. And we know this rescue skill."
9. Wu practicing martial arts
10. Photo of Wu learning martial arts
11. Photo of Wu's medal for martial arts match

Storyline


A construction worker fell off an 8-meter-high wall after a scaffold collapsed in east China's Suzhou City lately, but was lucky to be caught with bare hands by a martial arts coach.

The worker surnamed Wang was setting up a billboard on the second floor when the scaffold fell accidentally. He was quick enough to hold onto the wall under which steel bars and cement lay in a mess.

A nearby coffee shop owner Gu Zhiying hurried to fetch sofa cushions and mattresses and placed them onto the ground. Her husband Wu Qiang, the martial arts coach, reached out to catch Wang before Wang dropped several minutes later.

"One of my feet has climbed onto it while the other was climbing. Clatter! The scaffold collapsed. I'm lucky to hold onto the wall with my hands," said Wang.

Wang in his fifties got some slight injures on his thoracic spines when he was stuck by a window. Wu's arms got swollen but not badly.

Wu said he started to learn martial arts when he was seven years old and has worked as a martial arts coach for over 40 years. He participated in a national youth martial arts match in 1984 and claimed two all-round titles and won another two single champions.

"I learn martial arts. It's an instinct. And we know this rescue skill," said Wu Qiang.

Wu said as a person skillful at martial arts, he should have chivalrous spirit and is willing to help others. He also reminded people not to try this way to save others because it's easy to get injured.

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  • ID : 8047088
  • Published : 2017-04-04 22:16
  • Last Modified : 2017-05-02 21:50:16
  • Location : Suzhou,China
  • Category : disaster and accident
  • Duration : 1'15
  • Type : Chinese/Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 2
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