Elderly woman in Chiang Rai climbs to top of radio tower because “she wanted to enjoy the view”

An elderly woman in Chiang Rai was rescued and led down to safety after she climbed up a phone signal tower yesterday evening, simply because she “wanted to enjoy the view”.

Onlookers in Chiang Rai’s Ban Santan Leuang Village got to see the unidentified woman, wearing traditional clothing made of black and pink silk fabric, scale up a signal tower (a la Far Cry, for you gamers out there). The tower was reportedly 100-meters high, and the woman managed to get to the very top.

Officers from the Chiang Rai police station as well as volunteer rescue workers from the Chiang Rai Public Charitable Society arrived later at the scene and tried to try and persuade her to come down.

Subsequently, rescue workers climbed up the ladder of the signal tower to approach the woman, who was still standing on the top level of the ladder. When they attempted to communicate with her and persuade her to come down, they learned that the woman felt pain in her foot, which was preventing her from climbing back down. She requested a new pair of shoes to wear.

The rescuers then brought her a pair of shoes to wear before slowly assisting her in descending the ladder safely until she reached the ground while a crowd of anvious onlookers watched.

Residents of the village told authorities that the woman is a resident in the area and she has exhibited signs of mental illness.

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