Northern Ireland

Coleraine: Teenage boys rescued from 50ft crane

Two youths were rescued from the cab of the crane in Coleraine Image copyright McAuley Multimedia
Image caption A total of 24 firefighters helped to rescue two teenagers from the cab of the crane in Coleraine

Two boys, aged about 14 and 16, have been rescued by firefighters from the cab of a 50ft crane in Coleraine, County Londonderry.

Group Commander Max Joyce said a total of 24 firefighters were involved in the operation to bring the youths to safety at Pates Lane on Monday evening.

A specialist rescue team and an aerial ladder platform were deployed.

The rescue began at 20:35 BST and the boys were handed over to police officers two hours later.

Mr Joyce told BBC Radio Ulster: "Our main concern was the youths at the top, so we had to ensure that they were safe all the way through."

He said firefighters managed to rescue the boys by placing them into the cage of the aerial platform, but he said he did not know why they were at the top of the crane.

"I would use this opportunity to appeal to young people not to be climbing up onto cranes," Mr Joyce added.

"It would be very easy for someone to slip and fall. It's not a playground, so don't be doing that."