Bomba called in to help transport obese Penang man to hospital

GEORGE TOWN: An obese man weighing about 200kg had to be lifted by eight firemen after he experienced breathing difficulties at a construction site in Persiaran Bayan Mutiara on Saturday (Dec 9) night.

State Fire & Rescue Department spokesman said they received a distress call at about 845pm from the public informing them about the incident.

"A team of firemen from Perak Road Fire Station were dispatched to the location," he said.

The spokesman said the victim, who is in his 40s, was semi-conscious and had breathing difficulties.

He said the victim was given initial treatment by the St John medical team at the location.

He said due to the victim's weight, the firemen had to use a special blanket to lift him onto a 4x4 truck belonging to his employer.

The victim was brought to Penang Hospital for further treatment.

The operation ended at about 10pm.

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