A crane was used to rescue a man from the roof alongside a burning building in Reading, UK earlier today.
The crane operator, Glen Edwards, 65, sitting in the cab of the luffing jib tower crane was notified that a man was trapped and to attach the man basket. The cage was quickly attached to the hook, allowing Edwards to slew it into position, and lower it to the stranded man. Getting it upright and close to him was a challenge due to the poor visibility caused by the heavy black smoke and flames, alonmg with wind gusts and strong convection currents.
Edwards, the hero of the day said : “It was very close call due to swirling wind. I looked out my left hand window and saw a guy standing on the corner of the building I'd only just seen him, and someone said, 'can you get the cage on', so that was it, we got the man basket on the hook, and I got it over to him the best I could. I tried to put the put it down between him and the flames but was hampered by the wind gusts and visibility through the thick black smoke.”
Here is one of the several videos of the event posted on line.