Dramatic footage has emerged of a frightening rescue operation to bring an intellectually disabled child down from the top of a live power pole.

Sutherland Fire crew shared, “Quick thinking emergency services and bystanders led to the successful rescue of the intellectually disabled child who climbed to the top of a live power pole on Wednesday.

“About 1:20pm, emergency services including Fire and Rescue crews from Sutherland Fire Station 046 FRNSW and Miranda, Ambulance NSW and officers from Sutherland Shire Police Area Command were called to the corner of Eton Street and Park Street after reports a child was located at the top of a power pole, surrounded by live power lines.

“A matter of urgency kicked in and crews were quickly on scene, closing local roads while Ausgrid immediately shut down power to the area.

“Bystanders grabbed anything from pillows to cushions and placed them below the young boy to ensure his safety before firefighters used a rescue ladder truck to cautiously approach the adventurous child who was perched on top of the approximately 15 metre high pole.

There was a resounding clap and sigh of relief once the boy was safely removed from the power pole and brought down.

”All emergency services and Ausgrid worked extremely well together under extreme duress and urgency to achieve the best possible outcome,” said a Sutherland Fire Station spokesperson.

Amazingly, the boy did not sustain any injuries throughout the ordeal and has since been reunited with his parents.

How frightening! The little boy has promised there will be NO MORE climbing.

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  • I work with special needs children and they have this knack of suddenly doing something that they dont normally do and they totally catch you off guard. At times they can be quick as lightening. Thank goodness this story had a happy ending.


  • He is obviously very strong and agile. So glad he didn’t panic and injure himself or the rescuers.


  • I’m so glad he was safely rescued and my only question is how did he climb up there? They are such smooth poles you wouldn’t think there was anywhere to grip. Hope he keeps his promise about no more climbing


  • OMG, thank God he was rescued and nobody was hurt or electrocuted.


  • Oh no! He climbed really high. Luckily that he allowed the rescuer to help him.


  • So scary !
    This is something my youngest could do…no danger awareness at all !! I pray daily God’s protective angels around her.


  • holey moley!!


  • How scary! How on earth did the kid manage to get up there? That’s quite impressive!


  • How frightening! Could have certainly ended in disaster .. well done to the fire crew!


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