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Docks evacuated after crane topple

Docks evacuated after crane topple

Falmouth docks have been evacuated after a crane toppled over.

Emergency services were called just before 9.10am on Wednesday and a 200-metre exclusion zone has been put in place.

Devon and Cornwall Police said there were no reports of any injuries but Cliff Road was closed to the public.

A force spokeswoman said officers were assisting with a "full yard evacuation".

Properties are also being evacuated, she added.

Emergency services have declared a major incident.

Navy Lookout tweeted: "Crane at A&P Falmouth just collapsed on RFA Tidespring in drydock. Enormous bang & sirens sounding. Hope no casualties.

"Fortunately RFA Tidespring undamaged - Crane collapsed on the dockside. Assume no injuries but yard evacuated."

A spokeswoman for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said the gib part of the crane collapsed on to acetylene cylinders.

"Firefighters used breathing apparatus sets to isolate the leak from 10 acetylene cylinders to ensure they are safe," she said.

"At this time crews are monitoring the site and working with dock staff."

No one was injured when the crane collapsed, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus carried out a survey of the affected cylinders.

During the assessment a firefighter suffered minor injuries and was taken to the local minor injuries unit for a precautionary check.

The cordon has now been reduced to the immediate area around the crane and investigation of the incident has been handed over to the docks management team.

Assistant chief fire officer Phil Martin said "Incidents involving acetylene cylinders require a well-managed response and the cordon is put in place to ensure the safety of members of the public.

"I am pleased to report that the firefighter who was injured suffered only minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution, we do of course wish him a speedy recovery.

"I would like to thank the management and staff at the docks, the police and members of the public for the swift evacuation and adherence to the cordon.

"Whilst we recognise that it causes disruption the safety of the public is always paramount in our decision making."