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Man, 102, airlifted to hospital after becoming trapped on roof for three nights

A friend raised the alarm after noticing milk bottles building up outside his home.

A 102-year-old man was rescued by emergency services after he became trapped on the roof of his home for three days.

Ron Easton had climbed onto the roof of an extension on his Devon home with a bucket of tools, but got stuck after falling over or collapsing, according to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue.

One of his friends called 999 after spotting three unopened milk bottles outside his home in Bigbury-on-Sea on Wednesday.

He was then discovered lying face down on a garden rake with his bucket of tools next to him, according to the South Western Ambulance Service.

The man was actually lying in a gulley between his house and garage. So he was in a bit of a pickle Nigel Toms, paramedic

Nigel Toms, the first paramedic on the scene, said: “The man was actually lying in a gulley between his house and garage. So he was in a bit of a pickle.

“But I reached him fairly easily, and got a response. Then we worked together to extricate him from the roof. It was a good team effort.

“His life was definitely at risk. So he’s a very fortunate man.”

The ambulance crew, with the help of the fire service, managed to bring Mr Easton down.

He was then taken to hospital in an air ambulance, where he remains.

His condition is stable, according to the ambulance service.

He always takes his milk in every day so alarm bells rang - Monday and Tuesday's milk was there so he was probably there from Sunday Trish Bagley, who discovered Mr Easton

Trish Bagley, who discovered Mr Easton, told the BBC she initially thought he must be asleep when he did not answer his door.

She added: “I had no idea he was there, I just knew something was wrong.

“He always takes his milk in every day so alarm bells rang – Monday and Tuesday’s milk was there so he was probably there from Sunday.

“The ladder was on the wrong side of the house so no-one could see it. He must have slipped or something, we just don’t know.

“He’s a strong man. He’s always out in the garden. Hopefully he will make a full recovery.”

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