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Bellringer gets tangled in ropes, rescued by firefighters

helen Springthorpe was practicing her bellringing when she got caught in the rope and was lifted in the air and fell to floor, losing consciousness

By Laura Tremelling
Bath Chronicle

BATHAMPTON, England — An injured bellringer had to be lowered 20ft down the inside of a church tower as part a three-hour emergency rescue after she became entangled in the ropes and was knocked unconscious during a practice session.

Helen Springthorpe was having a lesson on a three hundredweight bell in the gallery of St Nicholas's Church, Bathampton, when she became caught in the rope, was lifted into the air and then fell to the floor, knocking herself out.

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