PICS: Injured bell-ringer (51) lowered 80ft to safety in rescue from cathedral bell tower
A man injured in a fall in Worcester Cathedral's bell tower has been lowered 80ft to safety by a specialist rope rescue unit.
Pictures of the rescue posted on Twitter by fire crews show the injured man being brought to ground level inside the cathedral on Saturday evening.
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Group Commander Grant Wills tweeted: "In attendance at Worcs Cathedral with @HWFireWorcs @HWFireMalvern for rescue of male from bell tower #notjustfires.
"Technical and challenging job to rescue one male from bell tower, professional crews a credit to the community they serve."
The injured man was named in media reports as Ian Bowman, a 51-year-old bell-ringer from Devon who was visiting the cathedral.
Mr Bowman is reported to have suffered a head wound and a possible back injury when his foot became caught in a rope.
Mark Regan, ringing master at the cathedral, told the Worcester News: "It was a freak accident. He went up in the air a couple of feet and landed awkwardly."