Man airlfted to hospital after six hour crane ordeal at Port of Tilbury

A MAN HAS been airlifted to hospital after enduring over six hours trapped over thirty metres above the ground in a crane at the port of Tilbury.

Crews had been called to the port of Tilbury to assist in the rescue of a worker with his leg trapped in the winding gear of a container crane, 20 metres above the ground.

The fire service log gave a regular update on events.

At 11:16 hrs, firefighters were administering emergency first aid to the casualty and working to support him while rescue operations were in progress.

At 11:30 hrs, the Air Ambulance and HART team were also in attendance.

Update 11:46 hrs: The casualty remains trapped 30 metres above the ground, where he is being assessed by doctors. Engineers are attempting to release the crane gears.

Update 12:24 hrs: The casualty remains trapped and is being monitored by paramedics as specialist equipment is brought to the scene. The incident commander reports that this is likely to be a protracted incident.

Update 14:50 hrs: Specialist crane equipment is now on site and a vascular surgeon is being flown in from Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford to assist at the scene. The casualty is being kept as comfortable as possible by medical teams as rescue operations continue. Teams are expected to remain on site for some hours.

Assistant Divisional Officer Mark Turnbull said: “The crane company is bringing in specialist equipment which will loosen the tension on the gears so that firefighters can perform a rescue. We anticipate it being two to three hours before the casualty can be released but we are making him as comfortable as possible and paramedics continue to assess his condition.”

Update 16:03 hrs: Rescue operations continue.

At 1700 hours, the man was released and airlifted to Addenbrookes hospital.



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