ORONTO — A woman who got stuck atop a tall construction crane in downtown Toronto has been rescued after being strapped to a firefighter and lowered to the ground.
Construction workers and bystanders packed a sidewalk below the scene to watch the rescue operation unfold.
The woman was perched on a gently swaying large pulley device for at least four hours and was clinging to a steel cable an estimated 12 storeys up. Police said the pulley measures only about 15 centimetres by 60 centimetres.
Fire officials have said it appears the woman was trespassing and climbed up the piece of machinery at a construction site on Wellesley Street near Yonge Street.
Television video taken before sunrise had showed her standing atop a gently swaying large pulley device and clinging to a steel cable.
Platoon chief Kevin Shaw told reporters at the scene that crews were called at about 4 a.m.
“We have about a mid-20s female who has crawled up the crane, crawled out on the end of it and slid down that cable to the big hook that she’s on right now,” Shaw said.
“We have a firefighter going up now … it’s a slow, tedious process, but it’s a safe process for our firefighter.” said Shaw.
“He’s going up the interior of the crane right now. Once he gets to the top, he’s going to secure himself (and) hopefully lower himself down onto the position where the female is and put her in a harness. We’re waiting for a crane operator to get here (and) we may lower the crane a little bit.”
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By 8 a.m., a rescue worker lowered himself from the top of the crane on to the pulley the woman was perched on and placed a harness on her. He then strapped himself to the woman and the pair began to be slowly lowered to the ground.
Shaw said there was no immediate indication as to why the woman climbed atop the crane.
“She’s been up there for a couple of hours, so she’s got to be getting pretty cold and I’m sure she’s scared, so it’s going to take a while,” he said.