April 13, 2022 By KYLIE STEVENS FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
A search is underway to track down three daredevils who risked their lives to scale a high rise crane.
The young daredevils filmed themselves dangling from dangerous heights on top of a crane off a Meriton high rise construction site in Surfers Paradise.
Footage of the death-defying stunt posted to social media and YouTube shows several men climbing the crane described as the tallest on the Gold Coast shortly before sunset while keeping a close watch for helicopters seen flying below them.
“Pray for the best. Hopefully they won’t see us.”
When they reach the top, a man takes the the stunt to a new level by standing on top of the crane unrestrained.
He then hooks his leg into the crane and leans backwards while dangling off the edge for several minutes.
“Been a dream of mine for minute (sic) now to do that,” he’s heard in the video.
It would have taken just seven seconds for the man to plunge to his death had the dangerous stunt gone horribly wrong.
The Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise stands at 250 metres, or 31 storeys high.
The daredevils went to desperate lengths to disguise their faces and voices in the footage, which was still online at the time of this story.
The men claimed in the video they were involved in a pursuit with security once they got back down on the ground, which resulted in one dislocating his shoulder and had to be taken to hospital.
They also alleged they later tried to scale the Gold Coast’s iconic Q1 building but failed.
The men are in hot water with police, who issued a stern warning.
“People are conducting these activities for notoriety on social media but it just highlights the danger and absolute risk,” Gold Coast Superintendent Rhys Wildman said. “Just don’t do it! The notoriety is not worth putting your life at risk for.”
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