Search

Firefighter Milton in daring tree rescue 50ft above street at Newham Hotel

14:39 27 December 2013

Firefighter Paul Milton and the rescued moggy

Firefighter Paul Milton and the rescued moggy

Paul Milton

Emergency fire crews swung into action in east London during a 90-minute daring rescue 50ft above the street.

A passer-by dialled 999 outside the Newham Hotel in Romford Road, Forest Gate, and the first crew rushed from East Ham Fire station two miles away.

A second crew with a special turntable aerial ladder also had to be mobilised from Tottenham in north London before the rescue could be attempted.

Eventually firefighter Paul Milton was able to scale the ladder—to rescue a black and white cat!

“We had to wait for an hour for the turntable ladder to arrive before we could reach to distressed animal,” firefighter Milton explained. “Someone in the street spotted it trapped on a tree branch outside the hotel. We always mobilise to rescue an animal in distress.”

People in the street applauded as he carefully brought the ‘Postman Pat’ pet look-alike down to safety.

The moggy, which didn’t have a nametag, was put down in a front-garden nearby where it was last seen scampering off—without so much as a ‘thank-you’ to its rescuers.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

16 minutes ago
The D8 bus is being re-routed through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

It’s going to be a lot easier to get to some of the park’s venues as Transport for London have re-routed a bus.

Elizabeth Olympic
12:00
The real-life Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort spoke at the ExCel Arena on Friday, November 21.

It should be all too easy to dislike Jordan Belfort.

Clockwise from top left: Hylton, Kamali, Naiim and Malungo were convicted yesterday

A gang of violent thieves were convicted yesterday after hiring a cab to target a woman coming home from a night out.

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters is coming to the Olympic Park today. Picture: EMPICS Sport/PA Images

The world’s top wheelchair tennis players will kick off a five day tournament at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre today.

UN Court

Most read news

Protests have taken place in 170 cities across the US since news broke that Darren Wilson, Mike Brown’s killer, won’t face charges.

The retailers have gone underground to launch their Argos Collect digital store in Cannon Street tube station.

Tony Blair received an award for his “global legacy”, due to his work on poverty, but people say it’s undeserved.

Darren Wilson described what happened when he stopped his police car to speak to Mike Brown before the shooting.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition