UPDATED: RESCUE OPERATION TO FREE MEN FROM CHERRY PICKER IN VENTNOR

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The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is working to rescue 2 men stuck high in a cherry picker in Ventnor this afternoon (Thursday).

Firefighters from Ryde and Newport are in attendance at the scene on Belgrave Road with 2 appliances and an aerial ladder platform being utilised.

It’s understood that mechanisms on board the cherry picker have caused a safety cut out, rendering the basket – and its occupants – stuck several metres in the air to the front of The Royal Hotel.

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Crews are using the Aerial Ladder Platform to extricate the 2 men from the basket and return them to safety on the ground.

Belgrave Road, between the junctions of Bath Road and Park Avenue, has been closed to both traffic and pedestrians while firefighters carry out the rescue operation.

UPDATE @ 15:00 – The rescue operation has resulted in the 2 workers being successfully retrieved and lowered to the ground.

Engineers will now look to low the cherry picker safely without the risk of injury.

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Fire crews have now stood down from the incident and the obstructed section of the road has now reopened to traffic.

Station Officer Julian Fountaine has said that the duo had been stuck in the air for around 1 hour 30 mins – but luckily in fair weather.

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Lord lucan
Lord lucan
8 days ago

Oh mate I can see the pub from here

Paul
Paul
8 days ago

So where are the cherry trees!

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
8 days ago

The fire brigade went cherry picking in Ventnor.

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
8 days ago

Fantastic views , and great weather .
I would have loved that .

ron ashton
ron ashton
8 days ago

Why are they not both wearing a mask and keeping their distance

Eat more pies
Eat more pies
Reply to  ron ashton
8 days ago

Their outside doofus .

Pippin
Pippin
8 days ago

At least it was a nice day for it 🙂

fred
fred
8 days ago

How embarrassing. Could have been worse. Not sure why it could not have been controlled from the ground. Can only assume engine failed. If the controls fail in the cage can still control from the ground. Maybe someone needs to RFTM.

Pete Sandown
Pete Sandown
8 days ago

Daft question but from the pic, if mechanisms on board caused a safety cut out as stated why did they let it go that high before it cut out in the first place???? What were they using it for also seeing its stranded in the middle of space!! “Let’s see how high this thing goes….. Oh bo×!+×ks!!!!!!”

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