Brave firefighters carried out a rescue from the top of a building site crane in Hazlemere - but all is not as it seems. 

Worried Hazlemere residents phoned the Bucks Free Press fearing a man had suffered a "medical episode" at the top of a crane on a construction site in Holmer Green Road earlier this month. 

But when quizzed by reporters, Bucks Fire and Rescue could find no record of the "incident" in their call logs. 

Concerned residents living nearby can breathe a sigh of relief as it has now been revealed that the "worrying" incident was in fact a mock rescue attempt, orchestrated by the site developers McCarthy and Stone to help firefighters practice. 

The developers, who are building new retirement apartments on the site, invited Bucks Fire and Rescue to carry out the mock rescue from the top of the tower crane in a bid to provide them with a realistic training scenario.

Crew Commander Ricky Smith, based at Beaconsfield Fire Station, said: “In the event that a rescue situation arises it is incredibly important that we can act quickly to secure the safety of workers on site.

“Mock rescue activities such as this are incredibly valuable, providing our crews with an opportunity to practice in a real life setting, yet with the support of being in a safe and controlled environment.

"We would like to thank McCarthy and Stone for facilitating the session, which proved a real success.”