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Kingston ON, RCAF SAR helicopter saves crane operator from fire.

An RCAF SAR Griffon from 8-wing, based out of CFB Trenton was called upon to save a crane operator trapped in his crane by a fire on the building below. The operator was stranded at the end of the boom, with little hope. The 8 wing CH-146 hovered above, and hoisted the man to safety, most likely saving his life. Thank you to all the members of the RCAF for putting themselves in harms way to protect others. ( More...

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Stanley Jordan 2
What a great piece of work by that heli crew - hope they got some recognition at CFB base. What a terrifying experience for that crane operator.

CYGK Flyboy 2
Yup, they did, very much recognition. They did an interview after:

Also, hard to believe, but this was the first rescue that the pilot flew as an aircraft commander:
Stanley Jordan 1
I'm still thinking about that poor crane operator; what if that heli & crew were not available - the operator would have probably lost his life. A possible remedy would be to have a safety escape system eg. maybe a rolled-up steel cable installed out on the end of that crane's boom. Small cost compared with original cost of the actual crane & loss of life.I wonder would the outfit who built that crane give that some thought?
Jean Vallee 1
And I thought the appellation 'Royal Canadian Air Force' wasn't used anymore, but I guess that after what they did to the crane operator, they deserve the 'Royal' attribut. Job well done, gentlemen. From an ex-442 SAR Squadron technician.
flyerh 0
I live on the Trent R. about 15 miles north of Trenton CFB. Last summer we were treated to a display of skill as the SAR's team practised rescues. They dropped one of theirs into the river then circled around to extradite same. I've got some beautiful pics as it took place right in front of our home. They then landed in the field out front and let all the kids, and big older kids get close for a look and chat. KUDOS to our military!
As far as the crane operator... I used to do that back in the 50's, back before safety regs. You become accustomed to walking the beams and riding the ball without harnesses albeit there are "tricks" you learn for safety sake. My concern was the heat weakening and collapsing the steel. ie. the Twin Towers


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