Kate Eales and Susie Patch ‘crane it’ to their Southern Cross K-12 formal.
Kate Eales and Susie Patch ‘crane it’ to their Southern Cross K-12 formal. Doug Eaton

Crane strains some police issues

HELICOPTERS, horses, Hummers and Harley ‘hogs’ have all been used to transport Year 12 graduates to formals across the Northern Rivers this year.

So, it seemed like no big deal to the crowd gathered at the Ballina RSL Club on Thursday night when Southern Cross K-12 School students Kate Eales and Susie Patch turned up in a crane.

The crane’s basket that held the students was less than a metre off the ground and one of their parents walked alongside it to keep it steady.

However, some did not consider the arrival as harmless fun.

Soon after the crane arrived, so did the police.

No charges were laid but it is understood the hire company that owned the crane has been reported to WorkCover.

The police raised concerns about the students not wearing harnesses and the parent not wearing a fluoro safety vest.

The school principal and a representative from the hire company were not willing to comment on the matter.

The Northern Star has never photographed other students in a crane, but similar formal arrivals include a forklift, bobcat and numerous semi-trailers.



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