Photos: Winnipeg firefighters perform daring crane rescue

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Police and cadets block off Pacific Avenue and Waterfront Drive after a person climbed a crane. (Photo: Harrison Powder/Northern Plains Freelancer)

Firefighters rescued a person who scaled a crane at a construction site in the East Exchange District area on Thursday evening.

According to a media release, at 6:21 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) and the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to a call reporting an individual who had climbed high up on a crane near Waterfront Drive and James Avenue.

A WFPS technical rescue member scales a crane to reach a person who climbed up it on Thursday. (Photo: Harrison Powder/Northern Plains Freelancer)

It is estimated the individual was nearly 35 meters from the ground.

Firefighters and police were raised up in an aerial ladder bucket to establish communication with the individual. A drone was also deployed.

Police and firefighters try to speak with an individual who climbed a crane while a drone hovers nearby. (Photo: Harrison Powder/Northern Plains Freelancer)

A photojournalist with the NPF was at the scene when members of the WFPS technical rescue task force, equipped with specialized safety rope and rescue equipment, climbed the crane.

A WFPS technical rescue member holds onto a person who climbed a crane on Thursday. (Photo: Harrison Powder/Northern Plains Freelancer)

Following conversations with the individual, the technical rescue task force were able to approach the individual and secure them with harnesses and ropes that allowed for them to be safely lowered to the ground at approximately 7:45 p.m.

WFPS technical rescue members help to safely lower a person in a harness to the ground. (Photo: Harrison Powder/Northern Plains Freelancer)

Paramedics assessed the individual and transported them to hospital in unstable condition. They were later upgraded to stable condition.

A person is brought to an ambulance on a stretcher after being rescued from a crane on Thursday. (Photo: Harrison Powder/Northern Plains Freelancer)

The United Firefighters of Winnipeg called the incident “an extremely dangerous and unpredictable rescue.”