A 102-year old man is incredibly lucky to be alive having been stranded on the roof of his home for three days and three nights!
Former Dakar Rally racing car driver, Ron Easton, from Bigbury-on-Sea was found by a friend after a neighbour became concerned for his welfare having seen his daily papers and bottles of milk build up outside his front door.
The neighbour contacted a friend of Mr Easton who then carried out a search around his property in order to try and locate him and check on his welfare.
After a short search, the friend found Mr Easton who was conscious but was not moving and immediately alerted the emergency services.
Mr Easton was found lying face down on a garden rake with a bucket of tools next to him lodged in a gulley between his house and his garage.
Located nearby was an 8ft ladder which had been used by Mr Easton to gain access to his roof in order to carry out some house repairs.
South West Ambulance Service were called along with colleagues from the Fire & Rescue service who used a ladder in order to gain access to the roof before bringing Mr Easton back down.
Mr Easton was then transferred to hospital via Air Ambulance where he still remains in a stable condition.
A spokesperson for Devon & Somerset Fire Service told Devon Live:
“He appears to have climbed on to his house extension on a ladder.
“We sent three appliances and an aerial ladder platform to the scene.
“The space to work in was far too narrow for our aerial platform, so firefighters used a stretcher from ambulance to climb up onto the roof and rescue him.
“It was reported to us that he had been up there for around three days.”
The 999 call, released by SWASFT Control room, was taken by Emergency Medical Dispatcher Susan Williams:
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