Police free 11 people from Sydney Tower
July 3, 2008, 5:42 am
Police have rescued 11 people who spent several hours trapped in a lift in Sydney's tallest building.
Police were called to the Sydney Tower in Market St in the CBD at about 7pm (AEST) on Wednesday after a double deck lift became stuck midway between the restaurant and the ground floor, about 200m above street level.
Police rescue personnel used harnesses to lift each person through the ceiling of the broken down lift, before taking them across to another lift and ferrying them to the ground one by one.
The last person was brought to the ground at about 11.30pm (AEST), a police spokesman said.
None of those trapped, all aged between 20 and 50, were injured in the incident, he said.
"They were checked over by paramedics and given a clean bill of health," he said.
"One person was shaken up.
"Other than that they were all in pretty good spirits considering what they had been through."
It is not known why the lift became stuck, he said.
"Building management is now examining what caused the incident," he said.