Quick-thinking police officers turn their belts into a makeshift hoist to rescue a man hanging onto the side of a quarry above a 50ft drop
- A man became stranded in a disused cement quarry in Northfleet, Kent
- A team of police officers tied their belts together to hoist him up the cliff
- They then found a rope which they used to pull the distressed man to safety
- He was subsequently handed into the care of medical teams
A team of creative police officers used their trouser belts to hoist a distressed man to his rescue after he became stranded in a quarry.
The Kent Police officers were called to a disused cement quarry in Northfleet, near Gravesend, after they received a concerned call about the man’s welfare.
Bodycam footage from one of the officers captured the rescue when the constables found the man hanging on to the side of a cliff with an estimated drop of 50 feet.
Quick-thinking Kent Police officers used their belts to hoist a man stranded in a quarry in Northfleet
Three officers then climbed to the top and assured him he would be brought to safety.
They can be heard shouting ‘We’re doing everything we can, mate. Hold on! Hold on! You can do this, mate, come on, we can help.’
They removed their belts and linked them together before one of the constables leaned over the cliff to lower it to the man while his colleagues anchored him.
The fourth officer stood at the bottom of the cliff, ready to provide immediate first aid should the man fall.
One of the attending officers ran to a nearby address and was able to obtain a piece of rope from a resident which was then used to pull the man to safety
The improvised hoist was enough to hold on to the man but was not sufficient to pull him to safety.
At this point, one of the attending officers ran to a nearby address and was able to obtain a piece of rope from a resident which was then used to pull the man to safety.
As he is hauled over the edge, the officers tell him: ‘Well done, you’re safe, mate.’
The man was subsequently handed into the care of medical teams following the rescue.
There was an estimated drop of around 50 feet in the disused cement quarry in Northfleet
The man was subsequently handed into the care of medical teams following the rescue
Chief Inspector Neil Loudon, Kent Police’s District Commander for North Kent, said: ‘The outstanding work of these officers doubtlessly saved the life of a vulnerable man who was in serious danger.
‘In what was a distressing situation, they remained calm and used their initiative to quickly stop an unpredictable incident turning into a tragic one.
‘I am exceptionally proud of their work, they are a credit to Kent Police and the communities they serve.’
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