Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2009
The arm of a crane in Chester, Connecticut, hit live power lines, electrifying the crane.
Rescue personnel instructed the crane operator to remain seated in the same position; it wasn’t clear if only the arm or indeed the entire cabin was under electricity.
For their own safety rescue crews had to keep a two telephone pole distance themselves until the power company, CL&P, was able to cut the power to the whole area.
Once power was removed from the area the crane operator still had to remain in place as rescue crews had to make the crane was de-energized from its 23,000 volt charging.
Two hours after hitting the power lines the crane operator was freed.
He’s in perfect condition. Nobody has been harmed.
Monday, Nov. 24, 2008
Technology is everything these days…
A British sailor and his Belgian friend who got in trouble in off the coast of Spain were rescued after the wife of one of them raised the alarm in London.
The long other and his Belgian friends left from the island of Mallorca to go to Spain.
Her husband would call in right away at the end of the 22 hour trip. So, when she hadn’t heard of from him after 24 hours she called for help.
She dialed 999 (the British 911) and explained them what was her concern.
Emergency line in turn put her in touch with the British coast guard. They in turn alerted the international Coast Guard liaison office. And fire them a message was relayed to the Spanish Coast Guard.
An air and sea search was launched and the pair was found and picked up after about three days.
The maritime rescue center in Mallorca, talking to Spanish reporters, called the rescue Americo, especially since if the wife had to notify anybody no one would have known these people were in trouble.
“It’s a miracle they have been found. The last contact anyone had with them was on Wednesday night when they spoke to their relatives to say they had hit high seas and the boat was rolling and pitching.
One of the lessons is that if you have any concerns about anyone anywhere at sea then tell the authorities and something can be done no matter where you are.”
— Miguel Chicon, director of the Maritime Rescue Centre in Palma
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008
In Pittsburgh two workers were rescued. They had been trapped in an air shaft above the Liberty tunnels.
After having worked in an air shaft above the tunnels they were about to end their shift at five in the morning. But when they tried to come up the motorized lift stopped. They were trapped…
“There was an equipment failure on their part. It wasn’t anything they had done.
It was easier to bring them back up to the opening they went in than to take them down to the roadway inside the tunnel.
It’s a slightly unique situation there, and hopefully something we won’t see happen again.”
— Chief Stephen Carlson, Pittsburgh Fire Department
The place where they were trapped is 250 feet above the roadway and 60 feet below the top of the mountain.
Using a safety harness emergency workers were able to rescue the two.
Neither one was injured.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008
The coast guard has rescued two boaters missing since Saturday.
The boat of the two men broke down near the Bahamas this weekend. They had been fishing with a couple of other boats.
They spent four days floating around in a skiff. The skiff had lifejackets, food and flares.
Finally on Wednesday a helicopter located the men and rescued them near Andros Island.
Monday, Oct. 20, 2008
A Chicago mother rescued her 2 children early Monday.
Fire had broken out at the 2nd floor of the building. An automatic fire alarm “called in” the fire.
The fire was extinguished within half an hour but before fire crews could arrive the mother ran into the back of the building to rescue her two children.
Although the fire is under investigation there’s no suspicion of wrong doing.
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008
The sad part is that the house in which the couple lived for over 40 years is a total loss. It’s burned down to the ground.
The good thing is that the couple living in the house survived to tell the tale.
Around 1AM in the middle of the night a fire, the cause of which is still under investigation, broke out in the single-story house in Watsonville.
The couple, who are said to be 100 and 80, was able to escape from their bedroom and flee to the garage. There they were trapped, unable to open the garage door.
Concerned neighbors came to their rescue, got them out and alerted the fire brigade.
As the flames made it into the surrounding wildland it took 7 fire engines well over 2 hour to contain the fire.
The couple are said to be in good condition.
Monday, Jul. 21, 2008
Neighbors rescued a woman from her burning home early Monday morning, and three firefighters were hurt putting out the flames in Green Bay.
The fire was discovered around 4 o’clock at a three-story home in the 800-block of South Quincy Street on the city’s east side. Investigators say 68-year-old Mary Taylor lives there with her two dogs.
“I got out of bed and went to the front window and could tell somebody was yelling, ‘Fire!'” Curt Dworak said.
When he realized what was happening just a couple houses down from his own, he threw on some clothes and ran to his neighbor’s aid.
“I was just hoping Mary wasn’t in there, and her car was in the driveway so I knew she was, so I just reacted,” he said. “I just busted the glass. It all started falling. I ripped the screen out and then went in the window.”
Dworak yelled for Mary but got no response. As he searched, the fire grew and debris started falling around him.
“I didn’t know what to do. I yelled for her a couple more times, and then I heard her.”
Disoriented and incapacitated, Mary was sprawled on the floor in the back of her house, so Dworak picked her up and carried her to safety.
While others call what Dworak did heroic, he says anyone would’ve done the same.
“They would’ve all done the same thing. Mary’s a nice lady, and how could you live with yourself if you didn’t do something like that?”
Mary was up and talking before she was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Dworak escaped without a scratch.
Three firefighters putting out the fire were treated for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion.
“Always tough for us. The gear we wear is basically like winter clothes, and it holds a lot of heat, so that was definitely a concern. They rotate crews quite frequently to make sure we stay hydrated and cool,” Nick Craig, Green Bay Fire Department, said.
Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2008
Two police officers used a garden hose to douse flames so they could enter a burning building and rescue a man.
Northern Constabulary said the constables were responding to a report of a disturbance at a property in Ardersier’s High Street on Sunday.
After unsuccessfully trying to encourage the man inside to leave, they used the hose and a small powder extinguisher to fight the fire.
Assisted by a third officer, the pair managed to reach and save the man.
He was treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics.
Police said a man had been charged in connection with the incident.
Praising the officers, Ch Insp Julian Innes said: “Their actions were both brave and commendable and a credit to Northern Constabulary.”
Monday, Jul. 14, 2008
A young girl who fell from a boat into the River Nene was just seconds from death when she was snatched from the water by an angler who spotted her plight.
The child, who is thought to be about four years old, was underwater and drowning when angling match organiser Ken Wade raced to the scene and slithered down the river bank on his stomach to reach down and get hold of her wrist.
Today, Mr Wade (57), The Evening Telegraph’s angling correspondent, shrugged off any suggestion that he was a hero and said he was delighted to save the child’s life because he has a grand-daughter of his own.
The drama began on Saturday (12 July) at 7pm as Mr Wade was pegging out for a major fishing match which took place in the city yesterday.
Mr Wade, of High Street, Fletton, Peterborough, was walking along the riverbank – close to the Key Theatre on the Embankment – when he saw two young girls playing on the deck of a moored boat.
He was shocked seconds later to hear piercing screams from the elder of the two girls, and he realised the younger child had vanished into the water.
Mr Wade said: “I had seen them joking around on the boat and thought nothing of it.
“But then, out of the corner of my eye, I realised I had seen what could have been the girl slipping off the boat, and I could hear the other girl screaming.
“I rushed to the boat, fell on to my front, and slid along the bank until I could grab the girl, who was under the water.
“I reached under and managed to catch hold of her wrist. She was a tiny little thing and she was completely submerged.
“I pulled her up on to the river bank. The other girl, who I presumed was her older sister, was still screaming for help.
“A man, who I took to be the girl’s father, was inside the boat. He came out and laid her on the bank and he managed to resuscitate her.
“I then left the family to it. They all looked very shaken.
“The oddest thing about it was a group of Polish men, who had seen what had happened, they ran over to me and started to slap me on the back, calling me a hero.
“They even offered me a drink of beer.”
But Mr Wade, who is the secretary of the Peterborough and District Angling Association, said it wasn’t until he got home that the traumatic incident really hit home.
He added: “I have a grand-daughter myself, and it was when I thought of her that I realised how serious the situation had been.”
Mr Wade’s daughter, Paula Ramsden, said: “We couldn’t believe it when he told us what happened. We are proud of him.”
Mr Wade said today that he hoped the child had now fully recovered from her brush with death.
The ambulance service said there was no record of a 999 call-out.
Monday, Jul. 7, 2008
A house fire Monday morning forced a woman to drop a two-year-old child from a second-story window before she was rescued herself by firefighters.
No one injured in the fire, but the woman, who is pregnant, and one firefighter were treated for smoke inhalation.
The fire started about 7:43 a.m. in the kitchen of a house in the 400 block of Dare Avenue, according to Fire Marshal Anne-Marie Loughran.
The family renting the house had visitors for the holiday weekend, Loughran said, so that a total of four adults and seven children were in the home at the time of the fire.
According to Loughran the woman dropped a two-year-old child from a second-story window to a teen-aged cousin standing below, then was rescued when firefighters arrived. Loughran said a neighbor tried to get people out of the second story with a ladder, but was unsuccessful.
Firefighters also rescued a dog.
Thursday, Jun. 12, 2008
A WOMAN and three children were rescued yesterday after they were blown out to sea in a toy dinghy.
Clyde coastguard said the family did not have a paddle and were not wearing lifejackets when they were caught out by a strong offshore wind.
The woman and children were rescued after a member of the public spotted them floating out to sea and called 999.
Peter Stewart, the Clyde Coastguard watch manager, said: “A potential disaster was averted today. These people were ill-prepared for taking to sea, with no lifejackets and no paddles and wearing beachwear.
“Once the offshore wind picked them up, they had absolutely no control over their fate and, as the beach disappeared into the distance, their only hope could be that someone would notice and make the right decision to call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
“Inflatable toys and boats are far more suitable for swimming pools and the like.”
Monday, Jun. 9, 2008
Fire crews worked to rescue two men trapped inside a crane that collapsed in Baltimore County Wednesday afternoon.
The crane collapsed at a shipyard in Sparrows Point around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday after severe storms passed through the area, according to Sky Team 11 Capt. Roy Taylor.
Taylor reported that two men were trapped inside the twisting metal, but both were able to make contact with fire crews to let them know they were OK.
At about 4:45 p.m., fire crews used a ladder truck to reach one of the men, who was able to make his way down a fire ladder by himself. He walked away from the wreck on his own and refused treatment, video from Sky Team 11 showed.
Crews rescued the other man by 5 p.m. He also refused treatment, Taylor reported.
Sparrows Point is the site of a steel mill owned by Russian steelmaker OAO Severstal.
Friday, Jun. 6, 2008
Mountaineers performed a complicated rope rescue Tuesday night on Mount McKinley to reach a climber after the man tumbled 2,000 feet down the mountain.
Denali National Park and Preserve officials said the climber, 44-year-old Claude Ratte, of Montreal, Candada, missed a step while descending the well-traveled West Buttress ridge and fell down a snow- and ice-covered stretch of the mountain with slopes between 35 and 40 degrees. His face and leg were badly injured. They said he used a satellite phone to call rescuers shortly before noon Tuesday.
A park spokeswoman said two teams reached Ratte within a few hours and joined for an elaborate, technical rope rescue that involved 14 ground rescuers and included the longest raising operation — Ratte was hoisted 2,000 feet by rope — in the history of mountaineering in Denali National Park.
Ratte was in serious but stable,\ condition at a camp at 14,200 feet on Mount McKinley this morning as park officials waited for the weather to clear so he can be flown to Anchorage for further medical care.
“It’s amazing the things that people live through,” said park spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin.
Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2008
The actions of four divers who spent three hours drifting in heavy currents off the Donegal coast have been praised by the Irish Coastguard.
The divers, who had clipped themselves together, were rescued on Sunday after they swam towards land against a current sweeping them to Scotland.
Station officer Pat Lynch, from Malin Head coast guard, said the men had been “instrumental in their own rescue”.
The men, from the Sligo area, were rescued by the Greencastle lifeboat.
Speaking on Monday, Mr Lynch said: “They were tracking north easterly but swam in a southerly direction, and had they not done that, God only knows where they would have ended up.”
The drivers were carried five miles from their boat by a strong current and were drifting towards Scotland when a fishing boat spotted them.
They were then rescued by the Greencastle lifeboat.
Mr Lynch said the strong currents meant the men could have drifted a long way without being seen.
“They clipped themselves together, so instead of looking for four individual divers we were looking for one unit, which was a great thing as well.”
Mr Lynch said the divers only narrowly missed being rescued earlier.
He said that they passed a fishing boat but “the people on board were looking inshore, but they were offshore, and they didn’t see them”.
A total of 16 different groups of divers were in the water off the headland on Sunday.
Monday, Jun. 2, 2008
A man has been rescued from the balcony of his 10th-storey flat in the early hours of this morning.
A fire broke out in the living room of the flat, in Lincoln House, Arundel Place, Avenham, at around 4.45am.
Fire-fighters had to rescue the man, who has not been named, from the balcony.
A candle is believed to have caused the blaze which severely damaged the living room.
Saturday, May. 31, 2008
A dramatic rescue took place on the River Yare outside Norwich yesterday after a man broke his shoulder bone when his dinghy capsized, tipping him into the water.
Ashley Richardson was unable to swim to safety due to his injuries after falling into the water outside Coldham Hall Tavern, in Surlingham.
As he desperately tried to stay afloat, Norwich’s Riverside Lifeboat, based at nearby Brundall, was dispatched to pull him from the water.
Today, Mr Richardson, 56, spoke from his bed at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, to tell of his gratitude towards his rescuers.
He told the Evening News: “I’ve broken and dislocated my shoulder, but it could have been much worse.
“If the lifeboat had not been there, I’d still be there now or floating down the river dead.
“I was trying to moor the dinghy and stood up to grab the wooden railings. I had both legs in the dinghy, but it suddenly pulled away.
“I fell in the river and was hanging onto the railings. I felt my shoulder go and I was hanging on for dear life.
“I could not move because I was in so much pain. I was in the water for about five to 10 minutes.
“Someone from the pub came out to help me and luckily the rescue boat was right opposite, thank goodness.”
Mr Richardson, who runs a taxi business in Uppingham, Rutland, has been staying with a friend in Brundall this week, and the pair had taken the dinghy out for the first time yesterday afternoon. Both men were wearing life jackets.
When Mr Richardson, who has two children and two step-children, put his hand on the wooden railings to tie up the dinghy, it moved away, leaving him hanging on.
The jerk dislocated his shoulder and he was tipped over into the water.
The commotion was heard at the Coldham Hall Tavern, and licensee David Barnes, 30, rushed out to help.
Mr Barnes said: “I put a ladder into the water for him to grab onto, but he could not move so he could not grab it. Luckily, the rescue boat then arrived.”
Leslie Mogford, who runs Norwich’s Riverside Lifeboat, was working nearby and sent the boat out to rescue the man.
Mr Mogford said: “With all the cries for help it was obvious that he was in some distress, so we sprinted for the lifeboat at the yard and launched the boat.
“When we got to the scene we managed to get the man into our dinghy and make him as comfortable as possible.
“We administered basic first aid to him and called the ambulance. He was obviously soaking wet and in so much pain he could not talk.”
The rescue highlights the importance of the river rescue service. In recent years it has struggle for funding, meaning its volunteers have had to help finance it on several occasions.
Earlier this week, the Maritime Volunteer Service, which operates Norwich’s Riverside Lifeboat, was given a financial boost when it was named as the civic charity of the city’s new Lord Mayor Jeremy Hooke.
The service, which operates with a crew of three, including a trained paramedic, is based in Brundall but also uses Norwich Yacht Station, on the River Wensum, during its patrols of the river.
It can be called on by police or coastguards in emergencies, which can be life-saving, to somebody who finds themselves in difficulties in the river.