One person is in the hospital after a risky recovery Thursday.
The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service's Technical Rescue Task Force took to the sky to help a person who had climbed approximately 35 meters in the air.
A blue crane was extended in the Exchange District of Winnipeg when someone climbed up, making their way well above nearby industrial buildings.
The Winnipeg Police Service and WFPS crews arrived to the Waterfront Drive and James Avenue area. Strapping themselves in, a specially-trained firefighter climbed up the crane, reaching the person who was sitting on the crane's rungs.
"Members of the WFPS and WPS were raised up in the WFPS aerial ladder bucket to establish communication with the individual. Meanwhile, members of the WFPS Technical Rescue Task Force, equipped with specialized safety rope and rescue equipment, climbed the crane," the City of Winnipeg says.
The union representing the firefighters says it was "an extremely dangerous and unpredictable rescue performed by members of the Winnipeg Fire Department Technical Rescue Task Force" in a tweet.
An extremely dangerous and unpredictable rescue performed by members of the Winnipeg Fire Department Technical Rescue Task Force.— United Firefighters of Winnipeg (@UFFW867) July 23, 2021
High angle rope rescue requires specialized training, equipment and team work.
Thankfully this incident was safely mitigated with a positive outcome pic.twitter.com/hyhbaU7wgM
"High angle rope rescue requires specialized training, equipment and teamwork," United Firefighters of Winnipeg says.
Crews attached harnesses and ropes to the person, lowering them back down. They were returned to the ground by 7:45 p.m.
Paramedics then brought them to the hospital in an unstable condition. They have since been upgraded to stable.