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

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  1. HayLouise

    HayLouise Law Student

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    Rest in peace :(
     
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  2. Alyce

    Alyce We're All Mad Here

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    Poor man. RIP
     
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  3. Elainera

    Elainera Well-Known Member

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    This made me sad. RIP Sir.

    <Admin note: Images removed as requested>
     
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    beatrixpotter Well-Known Member

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    Ugh, this poor poor man and his family. I agree with deleting the picture. I wished I'd not seen that. I looked at it before reading he was gone. :( What a terrible way to die. <modsnip>
     
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  5. CoverMeCagney

    CoverMeCagney Well-Known Member

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    I can still see the image on page 1
     
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    Legally Bland Well-Known Member

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    Apologies for the picture, I honestly wasn't thinking he may be deceased when I posted.
     
  7. CoverMeCagney

    CoverMeCagney Well-Known Member

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    Oh don't worry, you weren't the only one. It went from mildly amusing to horribly tragic in a very short space of time.

    Have we any news on why he was up there?
     
  8. beatrixpotter

    beatrixpotter Well-Known Member

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    I totally understand and am sure it didn't occur to you. I didn't even realize it was a possibility that you could end up dead from hanging upside down either. Like CoverMeCagney I'm also really curious why he was up there and how he got up there. And how did he get stuck up there upside down?
     
  9. CoverMeCagney

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    Drone footage from earlier this year, really close up to the top of the chimney. Really quite a beautiful feat of engineering. No ladder though - did I read somewhere that work was being done on it so a temporary ladder was up there?



    I love local landmarks like this and it's a shame it will always be a reminder of today.
    RIP to the gentleman who died.
    Massive well done to the rescuers who got him down without anyone else getting hurt.
     
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  10. LadyL

    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    RIP.
    very sad
     
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    A man who died after getting stuck upside down at the top of a 290ft chimney for 15 hours had climbed temporary ladders put in place for maintenance work. Carlisle City Council said the lowest point of the ladders used by the man was 15ft (4.5m) above the ground and said they were within a walled and gated compound.

    John Walkden, from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, said firefighters could not "simply climb the ladder as the man had done".

    "This was nearly 300ft in the air, with poor and unsafe access. We had some professional steeplejacks on scene who had been there since the early hours. They had previously worked on the chimney and their assessment was that if anyone tried to ascend the ladder, it could effectively have dislodged the man who was trapped at the top."

    Chimney death man had climbed temporary ladders
     
  12. Mrs Marple

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    How on earth did he get to the first ladder?? I hope it wasn't a dare or some other silly carry on and then others scarpered.
     
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    Yeah, how did he climb a ladder that started 15 feet off the ground? I mean how is that even possible? Was he some amazing rock climber?
     
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    If you look at that video I posted, the last 10 seconds or so show a real close up of the chimney , and you can see there are metal brackets or something all the way up. I can only assume he managed to scramble up using those, or that there was something nearby to climb on to.
     
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    Thank you. I wonder if he was intoxicated. It seems such a scary and risky thing to do to climb something like that and in the middle of the night. :/ His poor family.
     
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    This is truly astounding. If he were intoxicated, how was he able to climb that massive chimney, only then for it to go haywire at the very top? RIP
     
  17. muggles63

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    Family have released a statement but not MSM, it is terribly sad.
    RIP Phil, may you be at peace.
     
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    CoverMeCagney Well-Known Member

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    From that link:

    A family statement said: 'Phil was a strong, brave man who achieved a lot in his short life. Sadly, due to recent disclosures he made about historic trauma he suffered, Phil was battling with his mental health, with the love and support of his family and health professionals whilst trying to overcome this'

    Terribly sad. Married with two children and three grandchildren, a popular and well loved chap. RIP Mr Longcake.
     
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