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Person Rescued From Crane At Port Saint John

By Brad Perry Jan 24, 2023 | 6:53 AM

Fire crews rescued a person stuck in a crane at Port Saint John on Monday afternoon.

Platoon Chief Josh Hennessy of the Saint John Fire Department said the call came in around 2:20 p.m.

Hennessy told our newsroom that crews were dispatched to a “non-medical rescue” at the port.

“When they arrived on scene, they found an individual that was stuck in an elevator approximately 70 to 80 feet up,” said Hennessy. “The elevator is on the exterior

The person had been stuck inside the elevator — located on the exterior of the crane structure — for about two hours, he said.

Hennessy said crews began by making contact with the individual to ensure there were no life-threatening injuries.

“We made an access plan, which was to put one of our aerial apparatus up to the person in the elevator,” he said.

“We then made entry into the elevator, we hooked them into a harness with fall arrest, and we transported them down using that aerial device.”

The person was checked over by paramedics but there were no life-threatening injuries, said Hennessy.

According to the platoon chief, it took fire crews about 30 to 45 minutes to get the person down after they arrived at the scene.

Hennessy said weather conditions prevented the port from accessing the person inside the elevator.

“They did have a [scissor lift] on site, however, the wind conditions made it really challenging for them, so that’s why fire was dispatched,” he said.

Our newsroom reached out to Port Saint John for comment, but they directed us to DP World, which owns the crane.


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