Tradie is forced to jump into the ocean after the jetty he is welding bursts into flames – before a hero agent jumps in and drags him to the shore
- A welder jumped into water to escape from a burning jetty in South Australia
- He struggled against the stream and was dragged to the burning structure
- A police officer swam out to save the welder, who was not injured in the event
- The fire started when a welder sent sparks on a 75-meter-long plastic deck
A welder was forced to jump for his life after the jetty he was working on caught fire in South Australia.
The trader was rebuilding the Whyalla jetty, west of Adelaide, when the structure was set on fire by 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
The welder repaired a light pole when sparks ignite the terrace, causing the structure to go up in flames.
While a huge fire engulfed the platform, the trader had no choice but to throw himself into the ocean.
Constable Daniel Havelberg and the welder (photo) who was forced to jump into the water to escape the burning jetty in Whyalla
Thinking quickly, the worker took off his overall and jumped into the water with a life jacket.
He began to struggle in the water as the strong current dragged him back under the jetty, with burning debris falling from the structure.
Hero police officer Daniel Havelberg, who saw the danger, swam out and rescued the man, leading him back to safety on the coast.
& # 39; Without the officer's actions he could have had many problems & # 39 ;, inspector Mark Hubbard said 9News.
& # 39; I think he could have been hurt very easily and he could have been killed. & # 39;
The welder was not injured and the fire brigade was able to control the fire, with the part of the scaffolding damaged in the fire broken off as part of the reconstruction project.
The new jetty has a circular center section to attract tourists and fishermen to Whyalla and will be opened in 2020.
A welder was used to repair a light pole that caused sparks to fly on plastic floors, causing the structure to go up in flames (photo)
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