Brothers speak of rooftop rescue

TWO teenage brothers had to be dramatically rescued after getting stuck on the roof of their house trying to retrieve a key.Scott Emeny, 16, and Ross Stanton, 18, from Grange Farm, Kesgrave, today described how they were trying to be helpful by climbing onto the roof but ended up with no way down.

TWO teenage brothers had to be dramatically rescued after getting stuck on the roof of their house trying to retrieve a key.

Scott Emeny, 16, and Ross Stanton, 18, from Grange Farm, Kesgrave, today described how they were trying to be helpful by climbing onto the roof but ended up with no way down.

The pair jumped at the chance of being good neighbours when a child from next door threw a shed key which landed in the guttering of their home at about 5.30pm on Thursday.

They put a ladder up against the roof but as it fell short, they had to jump to reach the ledge and hang on to it as they clambered up.


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They managed to pull themselves to their feet and retrieved the key but it wasn't long before they realised the could not get down again.

A fire crew from Colchester Road headquarters were called to the scene and used a nine-metre ladder to rescue the brothers.

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Scott said: “The boy from next door meant to throw the key up to the window but instead it went way too far and landed in the guttering.

“When we got up there and realised we couldn't get down.

“We had a good laugh about it.

“I'm not scared of heights so it was fine being up there.

“About five firefighters came and rescued us.

“We were just trying to help someone out.”

Ross added: “We were not nervous when we were up there. We could have stayed there all night. We were like spidermen.”

Mum, Tina Stanton, was making dinner in the kitchen at the time of the incident.

She said: “I knew they were trying to get up there but I didn't see them actually go up. When I found out they couldn't get down, I was having kittens. I was afraid they would hurt themselves.

“The funny thing was they were doing a good deed for someone.”

The dramatic rescue came just hours after two maintenance men working on a cherrypicker in Ipswich town centre had to be helped down by firefighters.

The pair had been carrying out work on CCTV cameras on Thursday afternoon when the mechanical arm holding them aloft became stuck.

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