Bell-ringer 'crashed down head first'
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Worcester Cathedral bell-ringer thrown in air

A bell-ringer is recovering after being dropped in what's been described as a "freak accident" at Worcester Cathedral.

The ringing master at the cathedral, Mark Regan, gave a vivid account to BBC Hereford and Worcester of the moment Ian Bowman was flipped upside down.

Mr Bowman was lowered 80ft (24m) through a trap door in the cathedral by a specialist rescue unit.

The accident happened during Evensong on Saturday when the bell-ringing rope caught Mr Bowman's heel.

He's now back home in Devon and able to walk despite fracturing a bone in his back.

  • 13 Feb 2017