Villagers in Beigousi, a mountainous village in Shaanxi province, created a homemade cable-car to help more than 60 children cross a river and get to school after heavy rain washed away a temporary bridge last week, NetEase reports.
Recent continuous rainfall created rapids over a meter deep, and swelled the river to 10 meters in width. Locals were at a loss for how to cross the river until a man, Li Furen, came up with an idea to create a cable-car. His idea was to span the river with an overhead rope and to attach a box that the children could sit in while they were transported across the river from above.
Li, who had previous experience working in mines, said that he already had some previous experience with similar systems. After convincing the other villagers about his idea on the morning of September 9, he began work in his workshop, creating a ladder and transport box, both made of wood. With the villagers’ help, he then set up a rope to span the width of the river.
Li, conscious of safety, first trialled the system upon its completion. The following day, happy that the cable-car was safe, he allowed students to use his creation to get to school.
The villagers spent two hours continuing to assist dozens of children across the river.
The life of the cable-car was cut short on Sunday, however, when the head of the village committee announced that it needed to be removed, in consideration for safety.
A temporary wooden ladder has now been put in place of the cable-car.
By Robert Ridley