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Woman charged after climbing construction crane in Winnipeg


September 13, 2021
By Crane & Hoist Canada Staff

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A woman who scaled a tower crane in Winnipeg’s West Broadway neighbourhood and required a rescue has been charged with causing mischief over $5,000.

The 21-year-old climbed 160 feet up a crane at the intersection of Sherbrook Street and Wolseley Avenue on the evening of Sept. 9, local police said in a press conference. The crane is being used in the construction of a new assisted living facility for seniors.

According to reports from CBC and Global News, authorities cordoned off the intersection from traffic for more than an hour as police and paramedics on site worked to ensure the woman’s safety.

Members of the city’s fire department used safety ropes as they climbed the ladders of the crane to retrieve the woman.

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Police are uncertain of the woman’s motive but noted she did not appear to be intoxicated. They also stressed the dangerous nature of crane-climbing stunts, which have gained attention on social media.

Read the full story on CBC.