CRIME
12/18/2013 11:45 am ET | Updated Dec 18, 2013

Kingston Crane Operator Clings To Life While Fire Rages Below (PHOTO)

This is probably the most terrifying photo you'll see today.

The image shows a crane operator clinging to the end of a tower crane during a snowstorm as a massive fire rages below.

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The blaze broke out around 2 p.m. Tuesday in a vacant construction site in the Canadian city of Kingtston, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The fire soon spread to nearby buildings, prompting an evacuation.

The crane operator was lying down at the end of the crane when a rescue helicopter from a nearby air base came to get him around 4 p.m., according to raw video of the incident (below). The chopper lowered a rescue technician, who managed to wrap a large collar around the man. The two were then hoisted to safety.

The crane operator, who wasn't identified, appeared to be all right following the dramatic rescue:

"The number of times we would have hoisted someone off a crane like this, I imagine we could count that on one hand," Royal Canadian Air Force spokesman David Elias told CBC. "Normally we are hoisting people off of boats or mountains."

(Hat tip, Reddit)

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