A crane operator from Manchester has been rescued and taken to hospital after falling ill while inside the machine.

A large rescue mission began when emergency services were called to the Northern Quarter, Manchester, earlier today, Manchester Evening News reports.

At 9:15am, emergency services were alerted that a man, 42, was feeling unwell in a crane cab and required medical assistance.

The nature of his illness is currently unclear.

The road was closed off while police officers, fire crew and paramedics used "specialist height equipment" and large ladders to reach the man.

Photographs show that at least three fire engines were at the scene, working to bring him to the ground safety.

The man was then quickly admitted to hospital, where he is in stable condition, Greater Manchester Police have said.

"We were called at around 9.15am this morning (17 September) following reports that a man had fallen ill while inside a crane on Oldham Street, Manchester," a spokesperson for Great Manchester Police have said.

"Emergency services are attending and police are assisting with road closures.

"Oldham Street is currently closed."

The road was eventually reopened at 11:30am, around two-hours after the emergency services were alerted.

Images shows the scale of the operation, with service crew working from the crane's platform to help him.

"Just after 9am today firefighters were called to reports of a man in need of medical assistance in a crane cab on Oldham Street, Manchester," a fire service spokesperson has said.

“Four fire engines along with the Technical Response Unit from Ashton arrived quickly at the scene and helped close the road.

The road was closed off for most of the morning, allowing the emergency services to reach him and take him to hospital (


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"Firefighters used specialist height equipment, including an open air platform and turntable ladder, to reach a 42 year old man who was then assessed by our colleagues at North West Ambulance Service.

"The man was lowered to the ground using specialist rope equipment before being conveyed to hospital by North West Ambulance Service.

“GMFRS were at the scene for just over two and a half hours.”

A spokesperson from the ambulance service has confirmed that an ambulance was sent to the scene, as well as the Hazardous Area Response Team.

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