Kiryas Joel Fire Dept. Rescues 2 From 150-Foot Lift

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -

Firefighter volunteers from Kiryas Joel on Monday rescued two workers from a Hudson Valley rental company who spent more than five hours stranded 150 feet in the air.

The two got stuck when a lift they were testing malfunctioned and the device’s manufacturer refused to provide an override code that would have allowed the bucket to be lowered.

Firefighters used a ladder truck, a regular ladder and safety ropes to eventually bring the men safely to the ground.

With thunderstorms forecast, fire officials said the two workers were “a giant lightning strike waiting to happen.”

The lift’s manufacturer said it couldn’t divulge the override code because of safety reasons.