Dutchman accidentally destroys house while proposing to girlfriend

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A man hired a crane to lower him over his girlfriend’s house and into her garden for a surprise marriage proposal on Saturday morning. 

But the crane wrecked the neighbour's house when it fell, twice!

No one was hurt in the incident, which happened in the town of Ijsselstein in the Netherlands.

Emergency services spokesman Jelle Mulder said: "The crane the man wanted to use to propose fell on a house. During the attempt to right it, the crane unfortunately slipped and fell on the house again."

Fortunately, the man managed to jump to safety.

Deeply shocked

Neighbouring houses have been evacuated and the huge crane is still on top of the house.

"We’re looking at the best way to lift the crane without it falling again," said the spokesman.

"The people in the house the crane fell on are deeply shocked." - Emergency services spokesman Jelle Mulder​

The authorities will decide if the house needs to be demolished after the crane is lifted.

Despite the fiasco, the girlfriend accepted the marriage proposal, Dutch media reported, and the couple has now gone on holiday.

"They had a trip to Paris planned and the police told them that there was no reason to cancel," said Mr Mulder.

Source: AFP