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Firefighters rescue woman stuck on crane in downtown Toronto

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Apr 26th, 2017

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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.

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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.

Police said she will be taken to hospital to be checked out and then arrested. She will face a charge of mischief.

Platoon chief Kevin Shaw told reporters at the scene that crews were called at about 4 a.m.

By 8 a.m., a rescue worker lowered himself from the top of the crane onto 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.

Police said the pulley device the woman was on measures only about 15 centimetres by 60 centimetres.

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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.

“Obviously she shouldn’t be there and hopefully we can come to a good solution to this problem here.”

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