A woman who climbed up a construction crane in downtown Toronto has been brought safely to the ground following a high-stakes rescue operation Wednesday morning.
Fire officials said crews responded to a 911 call around 4 a.m. after someone spotted the woman on the crane near Wellesley Street and Church Street.
Images from the scene showed a woman sitting atop of the crane’s hook block for several hours.
A firefighter specializing in high-climb rescues was sent in to climb the crane boom and rappel down to the woman.
The firefighter was able to reach the woman around 8 a.m. and a safety harness was placed on her before both of them could come down.
Fire officials said the decision was made not to move the crane and to have both the firefighter and the woman rappel down together.
Both reached the ground just after 8:30 a.m. The woman was then placed in handcuffs by police and taken to hospital as a precaution.
There’s no word yet on why the woman climbed the crane.
The platoon chief said the rescue operation was risky due to the nature of the climb.
“It’s very taxing and physical. Every time he goes up he has to hook on for safety,” Toronto Fire Platoon Chief Kevin Shaw said during the rescue operation.
A construction worker at a nearby job site told Global News it is incredibly difficult to end up on the crane’s hook.
“It’s challenging because you have to face the height factor,” Jimmy Roche said. “It’s easy to get up there. There’s ladders but to shimmy down the rope, it’s very challenging. Like, wow. I’m shocked. Just the fact she came down it, it’s surprising.”