This is the moment an 86-year-old woman sits on a pulley system designed to deliver goods to the luxury home where she is living as a caretaker located on a small island on a Romanian river.
The location is where Romania’s former dictator Nicolai Ceausescu once had a holiday home as well, and the unusual scene was filmed by a visitor to the picturesque region.
Radu Groza was walking alongside the Mures River in Mures County in the historical Romanian region of Transylvania when he spotted the older woman.
Radu, an economist, told Newsflash he had worried about the safety of the old woman as the zip line looked “old”.
He said the ‘zip line’ was made to have access to an exclusive riverside property that it was not easy to reach by road and it was unclear it was also designed for human use.
Groza called the elderly woman “daring” and said that he helped her onto the pulley system because she was “struggling to get on”, adding that she was making her way home after going to the shops.
He said that he didn’t know who the elderly woman was just happened to be passing to use the system, but later found out that she was the caretaker looking after the property.
The footage shows the elderly woman zipping across the water with one leg either side of the seating area of the pulley system. She can also be seen using a hand to propel herself by pulling on the zip line wire as she goes.
The 86-year-old woman, who was reportedly named Alina, said that she prefers to take the zip line from the luxury home on the river island near the city of Targu Mures as alternative would be to have a longer route that took a to a bridge over the Mures River.
According to local media outlet Observator News, the OAP can zip across the water to her riverside home in less than two minutes, and she is not afraid that the contraption could break down halfway across.
She told local media: “There’s nowhere to go outside unless I cross the wire. It’s like a chair, I get on and shoot across.”
She said she has lived in the area, where former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu once owned a cottage, for a long time.
She only leaves home when she needs to pick up her pension and buy some essentials, opting to take the pulley system over the winding road rather than walk the road.
Alina said she worked at a canned food factory for 27 years and that she keeps up to date with the outside world with the help of a radio.