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Teens saved from crane as prank backfires in Coleraine

By David Young

Published 14/06/2016

The rescue
The rescue
Scene of the crane

Two teenagers were rescued after a prank went wrong and they became trapped 50ft above the ground in the cab of a construction crane in Coleraine yesterday.

Specialist rescue equipment was used by the 24 Fire and Rescue Service personnel who raced to the Co Londonderry town.

Around 200 people gathered in Pates Lane yesterday to watch the two-hour operation.

An eyewitness told the Belfast Telegraph that the youngsters had climbed up the crane's framework for a laugh - but then froze at the top.

The giant crane is located on a building site close to the centre of the north coast market town.

Specialist high-level rescue equipment had to be summoned from as far away as Londonderry to help carry out the operation and bring the two young men back to ground level - where police officers were waiting to talk to them about their actions.

Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Max Joyce said: "We got a call from the PSNI at around 8.30pm, and the operation continued until 10.35.

"The two youths, aged 14 and 16, were not that keen to come down when they saw the police waiting for them, but they eventually agreed to get into the cage of our specialist aerial platform.

"From our point of view, the operation was a complete success. No one was hurt or injured."

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