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Conn. FFs rescue operator trapped inside boat crane

Waterford, New London and Naval Submarine Base FFs perform a rope rescue operation 50-feet up inside a storage facility


Waterford Professional Firefighters Association Local 4629

By Greg Smith
The Day

WATERFORD, Conn. — Firefighters on Saturday used ropes and harnesses to reach and rescue a boat storage facility employee suspended 50 feet in the air inside a crane that had malfunctioned.

Waterford firefighters were called out at 3:40 p.m. for a “technical rescue” at the boat facility at 8 River St. on Mago Point.

Michael Howley, Waterford’s director of fire services, said the crane operator was at the top level of the indoor boat storage facility when his crane broke down without a way for the man to get down.

Firefighters from Waterford, New London and the Naval Submarine Base fire departments went to the roof of the facility and set up rigging and a harness to access the trapped man and lower him down. The man was safely on the ground by 5:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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