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Man rescued from Millennium Bridge by fire boat

A man who had climbed onto the edge of the Millennium Bridge was rescued by the London Fire Brigade's fire boat on Monday afternoon.

London Fire Brigade was called at 2.45pm to reports of a person in an unsafe position on the Millennium Bridge.

Fire crews with specialist rescue equipment and the fire boat based upriver at Lambeth Pier arrived quickly at the scene.

Firefighters Khalid Obadele and Robert Pope, who are based at Euston fire station, worked with the police to bring the man to safety by lowering him from the bridge onto the fire boat.

"When we arrived the man was facing out towards the river," explains Firefighter Obadele. "Working with the police at the scene we talked to the man and then when it was safe to do so we secured him in a harness before lowering him safely onto the fireboat."

The man was then taken to shore and police officers took over responsibility for handling the incident.

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