An elderly Chiang Rai resident has been rescued after climbing to the top of a 100-metre phone signal tower, because she “wanted to enjoy the view”. According to a Coconuts report, the woman sparked alarm among local villagers concerned for her safety, before she was safely brought back down.
Residents of Ban Santan Leuang Village say the elderly woman lives in the area and is known to have mental health issues. After seeing her climb all the way to the top of the signal tower, locals alerted officers at Chiang Rai Police Station, who arrived at the scene with rescue workers from the Chiang Rai Public Charitable Society.
Initially, emergency responders tried talking to the woman, who was wearing traditional Thai dress in a black and pink silk fabric, in an attempt to persuade her to come down. When she wouldn’t come down, rescue workers climbed the ladder of the tower to reach the woman. She then told them she was experiencing a pain in her foot and was unable to climb back down.
According to the report, the woman then asked for a new pair of shoes, which rescue workers brought her. They were then able to help in climbing back down the ladder to safety, while anxious villagers looked on.