A crane operator who suffered a heart attack while at work in the cabin of a 65m high port crane erected in Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port was rescued by Dubai Police in a daring operation, according to reports in the local media.
Lieutenant Colonel Yahya Hussain Mohammad, director of the Difficult Missions Unit at Dubai Police, was quoted as saying that the operator was using the crane to move containers from ships at the port when he suffered the heart attack.
“Teams from Dubai Police, Civil Defence and ambulance went to the scene and rescued the operator,” the police official said in a statement.
Rescue teams climbed up to the operator’s cabin, situated at a height of 65m – equivalent to the height of a 13-storeybuilding – to provide first aid and stabilise his condition before transferring him to hospital.
“The most difficult challenge was bringing the man down swiftly and safely as the crane’s lift had broken down. Our teams of technicians had to repair the lift and operate it manually before we lifted the man down to the first floor where he was then placed on a stretcher and carried down to the ambulance,” Lt Col Mohammad was quoted as saying.