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Firefighters in dramatic high rise rescue

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16 May 2014
Firefighters have rescued a man trapped in a gantry 28 storeys high for over six hours.

At 3:05pm yesterday MFB received a call for a workman trapped in a gantry outside the building at a Southbank construction site due to a mechanical failure.  The equipment failed at the 28th level at approximately 11am.

Normal procedures were put into place by the site staff but attempts made to repair the gantry were unsuccessful.

A crane on site was not used to remove the workman due to wind.

An MFB high angle rescue team (rope rescue specialists) responded and the gentleman was released at around 4:30pm.


Pic: Herald Sun

This was achieved by rescuers being lowered from the 42nd level to the gantry by ropes.

The gentleman was then lowered to the 18th level assisted by the rescuers where they were able to enter the building.

The gentleman was not injured.  After the rescue MFB crews worked with staff on site to determine whether they should return the gantry to the ground or secure it for later work.

ATTENDING  APPLIANCES:  

PUMPERS: 2
RESCUE UNITS: 1
AERIAL UNITS: 1
OTHER UNITS: 3

NO. of FIREFIGHTERS: 19  

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