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Published: Wednesday January 22, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday January 22, 2014 MYT 11:32:01 AM

Students stranded on rooftop after crane mishap

Close call: The crane tilting on one side after with its boom resting on a roof.

Close call: The crane tilting on one side after with its boom resting on a roof.

GEORGE TOWN: Three university und­er­graduates were stranded on the rooftop of a double-storey pre-war house at King Street after the crane that sent them up went off balance.

The crane tilted dangerously to its right and the platform they were on also caused slight damage to the building.

The students did not fall off the roof during the 4pm incident yesterday.

They had apparently wanted to carry out a survey on the structure of a temple located opposite the pre-war house as part of their university assignments.

The students – a man and two women – were said to be controlling the equipment themselves with instructions from the crane operator who was on the ground.

Firemen rescue the stranded students in King Street, Penang.
Firemen rescue the stranded students in King Street, Penang.

Residents immediately called the Fire and Rescue Department upon witnessing the incident.

Within minutes, firemen from the Beach Street fire station arrived and brought them down to safety.

The crane operator also immediately alerted his superior to tow the crane away from the scene.

The undergraduates, from a local university, were too distraught to speak to the press.

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