Date
23 March 2017
A distraught man holds the lifeless body of his grandson after a tragic accident at an apartment building in China's Dazhou city on Monday. Photo: Weibo
A distraught man holds the lifeless body of his grandson after a tragic accident at an apartment building in China's Dazhou city on Monday. Photo: Weibo

Sichuan boy, 11, falls to death in rappelling incident

A boy, aged 11, fell to his death in Dazhou city in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Monday after a rappelling attempt at his apartment building.

The tragic incident took place due to a wrong decision taken by the boy’s elderly grandparents after they found themselves locked out of the home.

The grandparents discovered after an outing that they had forgotten to carry the key with them and hence were unable to enter the home.

The couple then had their grandson come back from school to find a way to help them get into the flat.

The boy lives with his grandparents in the home as his parents work in another city.

Following some deliberations, the elderly couple agreed to a solution whereby the boy would be lowered onto a balcony of their flat from the rooftop of the building.

According to the plan, the boy would be rappelled onto a fourth floor balcony from the top of the six-storey building.

As the balcony door was open, the boy would be able to enter the flat and can open the main door to allow the grandparents in — that was the thinking. 

Thus, a rope was tied around the boy’s waist and arms and he was lowered from the rooftop.

But unfortunately, as the rappelling was underway, the rope suddenly snapped, sending the boy hurtling down to the ground and causing him to die on the spot, Apple Daily reports.

The grandparents then began wailing in grief and some neighbors called the police.

Following an investigation, police officers found nothing suspicious and concluded that it was indeed an accident.

The boy’s parents rushed back home after being informed of the tragic event, and arrangements were made for the kid’s funeral.

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