Human Interest Circus Performer Rescued While Dangling from Bridge During a Photo Shoot "I think she was a little confused that we were all there. And she said she does this all the time, but we were there to help her out," said Rochester Firefighter Joseph Lee By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 20, 2022 07:24 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: rochester fire dept A circus performer was rescued while hanging from a bridge during a photoshoot in Rochester, New York on Friday. The Rochester Fire Department was called after an onlooker spotted trapeze artist Julia Baccellieri dangling from the bridge while being photographed. "We just finished the photoshoot. Avi and I gave thumbs up and I was like, 'all right I'm gonna come up and come down.' And then we had the rescue and the police all show up." Baccellieri told WHAM. "We heard sirens and Avi was like 'Okay, I'm going to head to shore and I'm going to check out what's going on over there.'" rochester fire dept Teen Tries to Rescue Cat in Tree But Gets Stuck, Prompting Rescue: 'Cat Seemed to Enjoy the Commotion' Baccellieri said she never felt in danger during the incident. "I was communicating with some of the rescue people on top and they were like, 'Are you ok to get up? Do you know how to get up? Are you stuck?'" she explained. "And I was like, 'I'm not stuck at all. I feel totally safe and calm right now. I'm ready to get myself up.'" Rochester Firefighter Joseph Lee told WHAM that Baccellieri seemed "a little confused" when the rescuers arrived. rochester fire dept 11-Year-Old Oklahoma Boy Saves Classmate from Choking, Woman from House Fire in Same Day "She said she does this all the time, but we were there to help her out," Lee said. Firefighters set up a rope system to rappel down to Baccellieri and launched a water rescue unit, according to a Facebook post from the Rochester Fire Department. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. "The firefighter attached a rescue harness to the victim and crews on the bridge deck above brought them both back up to safety," the post stated. "Being over the water is always something unique so we had the rope rescue aspect on the deck of the bridge," Battalion Chief Mark Alberts told WHAM. "Then we had our water rescue team boat underneath just in case anybody got into the water." Illinois Man Dead After Jumping in Frozen Pond to Save Granddaughter, 10: 'He Died a Hero' The rescue operation took about 40 minutes to complete, and no injuries were reported, according to the post. "We were just trying to stay super calm and get all of our equipment out. Figure out what needs to be done," Lee told WHAM. "Everybody got right to work. Super well-oiled machine and we got the job done."