UK - Man trapped upside-down on top of 290 foot tall chimney, Carlisle, 28 Oct 2019

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    Legally Bland Well-Known Member

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    A rescue operation is under way to free a man who has become trapped at the top of a 290ft tall former mill chimney.

    Emergency services were called to Dixons Chimney in Carlisle at about 02:20 GMT and a helicopter is hovering near the top of the structure.

    Footage from the scene appears to show a figure, upside down with his legs in the air, at the top of the chimney.

    Firefighters have appealed for "anyone who has a cherry picker in excess of 90 metres within Cumbria" to contact them.

    A Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "This is a very complex and difficult process given the obvious dangers to the man and the extreme difficulty in gaining access to him in a way which will keep him and emergency services safe.

    Man stuck at top of 290ft chimney
     
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    John McVay, Cumbria Fire and Rescue area manager said: “This is a very complex and difficult process given the obvious dangers to the man and the extreme difficulty in gaining access to him in a way which will keep him and emergency services safe.

    “I can assure the public that the emergency services are working tirelessly and effectively together to resolve this issues safely for all and that the protection of life is our first priority.

    “I ask people impacted by the incident and the road closures to continue to show patience.”

    “I’d also like to ask anyone who has a cherry picker in excess of 90 metres within Cumbria to please contact Cumbria police or Cumbria Fire and rescue service on 999.”

    Dixon's Chimney incident Carlisle: Cherry picker sought by local business to help with rescue
     
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    Cherry picker in excess of 90 metres???

    Today is turning into a very weird day
     
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    I've posted the thread in the bizarre news forum, if there's a bizarre news thread then I haven't.

    Just looking at the pictures is giving me vertigo.
     
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  6. Mrs Marple

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    I wonder if he's still conscious he's been up there hours

    Haha l see it is in that thread, l just followed it from the UK thread, sorry about that!
     
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    BBC Cumbria
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    Cumbria Police: Industrial scale 90-metre cherry picker on way to Carlisle to help reach the man who's been trapped at the top of Dixon's Chimney since the early hours, in hope of bringing "challenging rescue to a safe conclusion for all"
     
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    Cumbria Police
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    Emergency services have been working to safely resolve situation at Dixons chimney, inc use of helicopter. However, rescue has not been possible due to the precarious position man is in and the potential for backdraft to worsen situation. Efforts on-going to reach man from below
     
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    "This is probably one of the most difficult rescue missions I've ever encountered." The man trapped at the top of a 290ft chimney in Carlisle has stopped responding to the emergency services, but police say it's still being treated as a rescue mission.
     
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  10. Mrs Marple

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    Oh no l hope he's just passed out
     
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    :eek::eek:

    Was he drunk l wonder, why would you go up there half dressed

    Jeez it's been quite cold overnight too and he's had nothing to drink
     
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    Omg, I'd die from fright!
     
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    That pic makes me wonder do they know if he is alive or not.
     
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    Mr Marple said, maybe he's sleeping it off
     
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    Cherry picker has arrived.


    Cumbria Police
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    Specialist assistance has been brought in to assist the on-going efforts at Dixons chimney in Carlisle

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    Thank his lucky sun, moon AND stars!

    Edit it doesn't appear to be long enough
     
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    In this video it says they're going to bolt some ladders onto the top of the chimney.

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    Cumbria Police
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    Dixons chimney in Carlisle - a ladder has been attached to the chimney to allow rescuers onto the chimney to attempt to rescue the man.

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    I have to ask..
    Who owns this chimney and how on earth was he ever able to get up there in the first place
     

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