Inches from disaster: Huge emergency operation launched on Hartlepool quayside as lorry dangles over the edge

Emergency services at the scene of the incident on Irvines Quay in Hartlepool docks. Picture by Tom Collins.

Emergency services at the scene of the incident on Irvines Quay in Hartlepool docks. Picture by Tom Collins.

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A HUGE emergency operation was launched when the front of a lorry ended up hanging over a marina edge – 18ft above the water.

The operation was sparked with the vehicle in the dramatic position, dangling over the side of Irvine’s Quay, at Hartlepool Marina, last night.

MAJOR INCIDENT THIS WEEK: Emergency services at the scene of the incident on Irvines Quay

MAJOR INCIDENT THIS WEEK: Emergency services at the scene of the incident on Irvines Quay

The vehicle’s front wheels were left hanging over the quayside at 6.04pm.

Four fire engines, along with a hydraulic platform, paramedics, RNLI lifeboatmen and police were called to the scene.

Fire crews drove alongside the stricken lorry and then used the hydraulic platform to reach the cab where the driver was stranded.

They managed to guide the man from the cab, onto the platform, and then onto the quayside.

The driver (to be confirmed) of the wagon is helped onto the fire brigade hydraulic platform on the quayside at Irvines Quay. Picture by Tom Collins.

The driver (to be confirmed) of the wagon is helped onto the fire brigade hydraulic platform on the quayside at Irvines Quay. Picture by Tom Collins.

The man was handed over to the ambulance team who checked him over and decided that he did not need hospital attention.

The RNLI lifeboat crew had a paramedic on board its vessel as a precaution.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “We got a call to say a heavy goods vehicle driver had driven over the edge of the dock.

“The front wheels of the vehicle were dangling over the dock about 8ft above water level.

“The fire brigade managed to get him out using the hydraulic platform. We left the scene at 7.13pm.”

A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service added: “We were called to the incident by the police who said a lorry was hanging over the edge of the marina.

“A paramedic from our Hazardous Area Response Team went in the lifeboat as a precaution.

“Once the man was freed it was decided that there was no need for him to attend hospital. His condition was fine and we cleared the scene.”

It was hoped the vehicle would be recovered today, after being left hanging on the edge overnight, as it was stuck to the quayside edge by its underside.