Emergency responders made a dramatic rescue over the edge of the Gold Star Bridge in Groton after an equipment malfunction on Tuesday afternoon.
An inspection consultant firm was out on the southbound side on Interstate 95 doing bridge inspections.
Using a 75-foot snooper truck with a long arm and a bucket on the end, a crew was lowered underneath the deck of the bridge, according to Department of Transportation.
However, that’s when DOT officials said either the truck or the arm broke down, which caused the arm to be unable to move and the crew was stuck dangling below the Gold Star Bridge.
The New London Fire Department used their ladder to lower their bucket down to rescue the inspectors around 3:15 p.m. No injuries were reported during the one-hour incident.
"Good work by members on duty," New London firefighters tweeted.
All southbound lanes on the Gold Star Bridge were closed between exits 86 and 84 for the equipment malfunction until 3:30 p.m., DOT officials said.
The inspection being performed by the firm has to be done every two years and it takes three months to complete the inspection. DOT officials said it’s “a very articulate and laborious project.”
DOT officials said inspectors, who were required to wear safety gear during the inspection, will have to return to complete their report.
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