Businessman lifted over roof with cherry picker, after second fall

Wednesday 11th May 2016 7:45 am
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The scene of the incident on Saturday on Alexandra Road in Aberystwyth. Inset: John Morris.

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FOR the second time in three months, a well-known Aberystwyth businessman has been lifted over the roof of a pub after falling in his home.

It was reported in the Cambrian News in March that John Morris, owner of Aber Fishing Tackle shop on Terrace Road, Aberystwyth, was left “a bit embarrassed” after fire crews used a cherry picker to lift him from a flat roof at the rear of his home, which is above his shop, and over the Vale of Rheidol pub into a waiting ambulance.

In a remarkably similar turn of events, at just after 1.30pm on Saturday, 7 May, police, ambulance and firefighters responded as Mr Morris was again evacuated from his home using the fire service’s telescopic arm and aerial platform, and transferred to Bronglais Hospital by road ambulance after reportedly falling and injuring himself.

In March, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said he was evacuated in such a way because of the “narrowness of the stairway”.

Speaking to the Cambrian News this week, fishing tackle shop manager Kevin Hughes confirmed it was Mr Morris who was evacuated, and said he understood the well-known businessman had fallen.

“He’s still in Bronglais Hospital, in the A&E department I think,” said Mr Hughes on Monday.

Asked whether the two incidents had affected trade, Donna Valentine, licensee of the Vale of Rheidol pub, said: “Not at all, it didn’t affect anything actually.”

An ambulance spokesperson said: “We were called at just after 1.30pm on Saturday, 7 May, to reports of a person having fallen at an address in Aberystwyth.

“We responded with an emergency ambulance and a male adult was conveyed to Bronglais Hospital with a medical condition.”

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