Glass-bottom bridges are all fun and games — until, of course, one shatters. In northeastern China, a man was walking across the 328-foot-high bridge at Piyan Mountain in Longjing City when gale-force winds blew away some of the transparent panels on either side. The tourist was trapped on the bridge, in the midst of the storm, until firefighters, police, and forestry and tourism personnel arrived to rescue him over an hour later.
Photos that surfaced on social media showed the man hanging onto the side of the bridge, surrounded by huge gaps where the panels had been. Luckily he was unharmed, but was sent to the hospital for assessment and counseling, The Guardian reported.
According to ABC News, a statement posted to Longjing City’s official Weibo account said, “Our staff rushed to the scene with emergency equipment and successfully transferred the trapped person to safety. The incident caused no casualties. The trapped person was taken to hospital for observation. He was discharged as his mental and physical condition were stable.”
Glass bridges are popular tourist attractions in China. The world’s longest glass-bottomed bridge just opened there in September 2020.