Several Twin Cities fire departments and first responders descended on Plymouth Thursday night after two crewmen working on a 100-foot cellular communications tower near Schmidt Lake Road and Cheshire Lane became stuck.
"We don't see this kind of situation often," Plymouth Fire Chief Rick Kline said. "In fact, I haven't seen anything like this in the 34 years I've been here."
Plymouth Fire responded to the incident around 6 p.m. and called in a special team equipped to handle high angle rescues. According to reports, crews from Plymouth, Eden Prairie, Edina, Richfield and St. Louis Park were called to assist with the 'technical rescue.'
"These men were in a precarious position, 106 feet above the ground," Kline said. "Plus, it was a chilly night so we had health concerns as well."
According to Kline the crew was conducting maintenance on the tower when their equipment failed, not allowing them to safely get down. After two hours of work, the two workers were brought to safety.
Edina Fire Assistant Chief Darrell Todd said the rescue went well. “It was pretty straightforward, something they (emergency responders) practice quite often,” Todd Said. “The only thing was that last night it was pretty cold and windy, so the guys were getting the full blast of wind.”
Both men were taken to North Memorial for hypothermic and circulatory concerns.