A man who climbed to the top of an Orlando, FL television tower Wednesday and refused to come down was eventually rescued by two local firefighters following some assorted attempts to “talk him down.” Once down, the unnamed man was taken away by the rescue unit to a nearby hospital for evaluation, according to WESH-TV.
The man was on the tower, owned by WKMG-TV and located on the John Young Parkway in Orange County, for over seven hours. During that period, he suffered through extreme heat and a thunderstorm while crisis negotiators used bullhorns to keep the incident from escalating. WESH-TV reported that four hours into the incident the firefighters climbed up to the man to offer him a safety harness but the effort only made the man ascend further to the top of the 400-foot tower. Eventually, the man police said had a “known history of mental illness” allowed himself to be escorted to the ground safely.
WKMG-TV had several drones circling the tower but decided to stop the coverage and the live feed to keep the troubled climber from getting more distressed.
September 19, 2019