|Rescuers working on stuck elevator|
A hotel owner became trapped in his own luxury elevator for several days before being rescued by a delivery man, according to fire officials in Austria.
The Swedish hotel owner of an Austrian hotel, Thomas Fleetwood, was caught inside his faulty elevator for four days before a bread delivery man heard his cries for help on Friday, police said.
The 58-year-old was in good physical condition after his ordeal in the Hotel Eden, located in the spa town of Bad Gastein, near Salzburg, police said.
"He told police that he had taken a course in hunting survival in the Swedish army, which was very useful in this case," a police statement said.
The delivery man, a friend of the hotel owner, alerted firefighters after gaining access to the hotel with his own key in order to bring a stack of mail that had accumulated in front of the hotel, inside. Once inside, the man heard cries coming from inside the elevator. He immediately called rescue workers who rushed the man to a nearby hospital. The man was released from the hospital in good condition.
“Being stuck in an elevator is an extremely traumatizing experience, especially being locked in there alone for four long days. The man did not suffer physical injuries, but I am sure he will be terrified from the elevetor for years to come,” Tiffany Brooks, 32, of Portland, Oregon told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the hotel owner.
The man later said that he left his cellphone on his desk, therefore, he was unable to call police on his own, according to press reports.