Harrowing Experience For a Crane Operator Clinging For His Life, Suspended Over 1,000-Degree Flames

In Ontario, one man hung on as he waited for more than an hour to be rescued by helicopter.
3:00 | 12/18/13

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Abc news, washington. Next tonight we want to show you an extraordinary act of heroism and a rescue for a man stuck on the end of a crane for more than an hour. Tonight one of the rescuers is speaking out about how they did the impossible. Abc's alex perez walks us through the stunning tape. Reporter: Take a look at the jaw dropping scene that played out in ontario tuesday. Look closely, right here at the end of this huge construction crane with a raging fire below, one man, the crane operator. He inched as far away as possible from the 1,000 degree flames. Oh, my god! Reporter: Trapped on the very edge of the boom, clinging for his life for more than an hour. The military chopper arrived but this rescue would be a tough one. Tiny platform trying to get him to stand up. Reporter: After what seems like an eternitity, the rescuer is able to secure the man in a harness. After plucking the operators who suffered only minor injuries to safety, the rest is up to the pilot. The life is in my hands. Those guys have been to be on their game. Reporter: Luckily for this man they all were. Alex perez, abc news, chicago.

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