San Diego

A workman who hung upside down for almost an hour after slipping from a palm tree Tuesday only suffered minor cuts and bruises and returned to the scene to pick up his tools an hour after being rescued by the San Diego Fire Department.

San Diego firefighters used a ladder truck to lower Jimmy Tsang, 38, from a palm tree where he had been hanging 80 feet off the ground, said fire spokesman Jeff Jackson.

The accident occurred about 11:05 a.m. in the 4900 block of Chaucer Avenue in Allied Gardens, Jackson said.

Rescue workers had to to maneuver the fire truck’s ladder around phone and power cables to reach Tsang, which hampered the rescue.


Ellen Buchy had hired Tsang to trim her palm trees last week and said that, after fire officials took him down from the tree, he returned about an hour later to pick up his equipment.

“I was flabbergasted,” Buchy said. “I could have kissed him, I was so thrilled.”

Tsang said Tuesday afternoon that this was the first time he had been involved in such an accident. He said he would continue the trimming job today.