Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton docks crane driver rescued from cab 150ft up

Dock crane rescue
Image caption The crane driver was trapped in his cab 45m (148ft) up

A crane driver was trapped in his cab at Southampton docks for two-and-a-half hours after sustaining back injuries.

The man in his 40s was treated by paramedics 45m (148ft) off the ground inside his dockside crane around 09:00 BST.

Ambulance crews and firefighters worked to free the man at Western Docks, eventually lowering him to safety on a rope.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital for further treatment.

Specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's Urban Search and Rescue Team were called to the scene.

Appliances from St Mary's and Redbridge, including an aerial ladder platform, were also involved.

Watch Manager Simon Packer from Redbridge Fire Station said: "A lowering mechanism on a platform at the top of the crane was constructed while paramedics helped treat the crane driver in the cab."

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