A workman working on the side of a building had a miraculous escape when a child sawed through the rope holding his safety harness with a knife.

Liu Mai was left precariously dangling 80 feet up against the side of an apartment building in Guizhou in China after 10 year-old Tang Chu took issue with the fact that Mr Liu’s drilling was disturbing his television watching and decided to take steps to remove the source of the noise.

Still reeling, Mr Liu said: “I was using an electric drill to fit security lights to the outside of the building when I felt my safety rope shaking. I looked up to see what was wrong. Then I saw the boy cutting the rope with a knife. I shouted at him to stop but he didn’t listen and soon after, the rope was broken. I was petrified.”

As Liu Mai was left dangling from a single rope, fellow worker Zhang Pan heard his cries for help and called the emergency services; colleagues then tried to pull Mr Liu to safety. Forty minutes later fire officers arrived on the scene and Liu was winched up to the safety of the eleventh floor.

A spokesman for the fire department said: “This could have had fatal consequences. The boy didn’t think about his actions. The worker was left dangling and was holding on for dear life. Luckily we were able to save the man and winch him onto a balcony to safety. The boy clearly thought his cartoons were more important than someone’s life. He said that the builders were too loud and it was distracting him as he tried to watch his favourite cartoons. He has since apologised for his actions.”

The father of the rope-slicing child, Tang Peng said: “He just didn’t think. We have apologised and bought the man a new rope. We also gave him a good talking too and explained what he did was very dangerous. He has promised he will not do something similar again. I think we may also need to take him for some anger management therapy.”

Liu Mai was left dangling 80 feet in the air for forty minutes

Liu Mai was left dangling 80 feet in the air for forty minutes