Man who scaled 400-foot WKMG tower is safe after climbing down 8 hours later


ORLANDO, Fla. – Nearly eight hours after a 43-year-old man scaled a tower outside the WKMG-TV News 6 studios Wednesday, he descended from the 400-foot structure where Orlando police negotiators and first responders were waiting.

He was transported to a local hospital for a physical and mental evaluation, according to Orlando police.

When the man climbed the tower Wednesday morning, authorities closed access in and out of the station as Orlando police crisis negotiators attempted to talk him down.

After four hours of the man standing near the top of the tower, Orlando firefighters started to climb the structure with climbing equipment to help him down. However, once the firefighters started to ascend the tower, the man climbed higher to the top of the structure.

Around 3:45 p.m. the man started to climb down, taking frequent breaks. Around 6 p.m. after more than six hours in the tower, he began to descend again slowly.

When he took his final steps onto the ground, first responders with Orlando fire and police were waiting to escort him to a nearby ambulance.


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