Two in a Bucket

ALM Firemen rescue two men in a crane bucketThe Almuñécar fire service had to rescue two men, hanging on in the bucket of a crane because the vehicle might not have been stabilised properly.

The incident took place in an urbanización around midday Tuesday after the 112 emergency number receive an alert.

The small lorry with an extending arm (aerial work platform or AWP, also known as a ‘cherry picker’) had been parked and deployed in order to trim a few tall palm trees. However, one of its stabilisers became loose it appears and the lorry was in danger of falling over with its crew up in the operating bucket.

“When we got there,” explained one of the fire-service crew, “we saw that the lorry was about to tip over, so we secured the vehicle using the winch on our fire engine. It took about two hours to get the men down, whilst the Policía Local kept the road clear of traffic.”

Fortunately, the two men, 46-year-old A.P.D. and 18-year-old I.M.O., lived to tell the tale.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia – Photo: bomberos)

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