In 1993, IRC were asked to help with the rescue of a steeplejack in Grangemouth. This rescue involved personnel from BP, Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, IRC and the Royal Navy.
HeraldScotland WEDNESDAY 9 JUNE 1993
A Steeplejack was airlifted from 200ft up a chimney at BP’s Grangemouth oil refinery after being taken ill last night. The steeplejack was working on a power station chimney at the oil plant when he was taken ill.
Two other steeplejacks failed to rescue the man and fire engines were called.
Because of the height, a helicopter rescue team was called out from HMS Gannet at Prestwick.
A winchman suspended from the helicopter swung between the huge chimneys as he attempted to rescue the stricken man, who was set down in playing fields across the road from the plant, where ambulancemen fought vainly to save his life.
He was taken to Falkirk Royal Infirmary but was found to be dead on arrival.
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