Peterhead crane rescue

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Three 500 tonne capacity cranes have taken part in the UK’s biggest ever crane rescue.

The cranes were drafted in to rescue a 630ft crane, after it collapsed in Peterhead, Scotland.

It took the cranes 5 days to recover the 96-tonne crane worth £3 million, which had sunk into soft ground.

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The collapsed 16-wheel Liebherr crane had been left stranded for 5 months while experts completed planning provisions, legal documentation and a painstaking health and safety investigation.

It took days of work for dozens of crane specialists to salvage the crane as they worked to removed the crane’s misshapen lifting boom and retrieve the cabin – which has been left dangling 50ft in the air.

Now the crane has been successfully recovered in what constitutes the UK’s biggest ever crane rescue project.

Fortunately, no-one was injured during the crane’s collapse earlier this year.

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