China: Mentally-ill woman electrocuted on high-voltage tower

CHINA - It was high drama in more ways than one.

A mentally-ill woman had to be rescued from a high-voltage electricity tower after she climbed up there and suffered injuries after being electrocuted.

China Smack reported that the woman, who was naked, had climbed onto the tower which was located along a road intersection in Tianjin. She was barely conscious after suffering electrocution from the live wires on the tower.

The woman remained stuck nearly 20 metres above the ground, and hung in mid-air on the tower which carried 220,000 volts of electricity.

The rescue operation took over 2 hours and involved cooperation from many departments, including the fire department and the electricity company. The incident took place on 31 March 2011.

An ambulance was on hand to bring the woman to hospital for treatment and her situation is reported to be stable.