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Sick crane driver rescued by fire fighters using ladder and basket stretcher in Putney

Dramatic rescue of crane driver taken ill in Putney. Ladder at its maximum height. Medic with firefighters. Image: @LFB

Dramatic rescue of crane driver taken ill in Putney. Ladder at its maximum height. Medic with firefighters. Image: @LFB

London Fire crews have rescued a crane operator who fell seriously ill in the cab of his tower crane.

The dramatic rescue involved a medic being taken up with the firefighters to reach the man in his cab at a building site on Woodlands Way in Putney this morning.

The crane operator had recently climbed into his cab when he suddenly fell ill.

Fire crews used an aerial ladder platform to raise an officer from the London Ambulance Service into the cab to treat the man and strap him into a basket stretcher.

Station Manager Bruce Grain who took part in the rescue said:

The crane’s cab was high up, about a hundred feet off the ground and gusts of wind made the rescue very challenging. The cab was just within reach of the ladder platform at its maximum height, so firefighters were able to reach it without using ropes. There was very little room in the cab, which made treating the man and strapping him into the stretcher difficult, but he was lowered quickly and safely to the ground.

The man was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service.
The Brigade was called just after 9 am and the rescue was complete by 10.17 am.

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