Belfast Telegraph

Missing youngster in rooftop rescue

By Suzanne Breen

A missing Co Armagh teenager was rescued from the top of a building in Lurgan in a dramatic operation by the emergency services yesterday.

Police and the carers of Chantelle Lewis (17) from Portadown had been increasingly worried about her safety after she disappeared four days earlier.

The emergency services received reports early yesterday that a girl was on the roof of a multi-storey building in Victoria Street.

Fire crews, who arrived at the scene shortly after 1.30am, were unable to see Chantelle due to the size of the building.

In a desperate attempt to locate her, a thermal image camera was attached to a hydraulic platform which was brought in from Portadown.

A specialist rescue team from Belfast was also called in to assist. A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: "Using a thermal image camera from the hydraulic platform, the female was located.

"She was then rescued by Fire Service personnel using a ladder. Fire crews provided first-aid to the female who had sustained a cut to her head."

Chantelle was taken by ambulance to Craigavon Area Hospital where she was examined and remained under observation for several hours. She has since left the hospital.

On Saturday, police said they were "increasingly concerned" for her welfare.

The 17-year-old had last been seen on Wednesday in Lurgan.

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