Man Dies After Getting Trapped at the Top of a 290-Foot Chimney

Wire Service
By Wire Service
October 28, 2019UKshare
Man Dies After Getting Trapped at the Top of a 290-Foot Chimney
A man hangs upside down from the top of Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, England on Oct. 28, 2019. (Danny Lawson/AP Photo)

A man in his 50s died after becoming trapped at the top of a 290-foot industrial chimney in England, police said on Monday.

The unnamed man reportedly was on top of Dixon’s Chimney in Carlisle at 2:20 a.m. local time. According to Cumbria Police, he was pronounced dead at 4:45 p.m. after being recovered from the structure.

The police said the rescue operation involved several agencies, including Cumbria and Lancashire fire and rescue employees, mountain rescuers, and specialist contractors.

There is currently a specialist “working at height” team at the chimney. The team is from Lancashire Fire and Rescue and is on the scene to assist with the efforts to bring the man down safely.

— Cumbria Police (@Cumbriapolice) October 28, 2019

Footage on social media appeared to show the man bare-chested and dangling by his legs.

It is not clear how or why the man became stuck on top of the chimney, which is part of a former 19th-century cotton mill.

Specialist assistance has been brought in to assist the on-going efforts at Dixon’s chimney in Carlisle pic.twitter.com/SCG7LVPul5

— Cumbria Police (@Cumbriapolice) October 28, 2019

Police said it deployed drones to assess the scene and tried to use a helicopter to rescue him.

Ultimately, a cherry picker brought in from Glasgow was used to transport technicians and firefighters to the top of the chimney and lower the man down.

“All this was done with the aim of bringing the man down safely and while maintaining the safety of emergency services staff,” the police statement read.

Emergency services have been working to safely resolve the situation at Dixon’s chimney, including the use of a helicopter. However, the rescue has not been possible due to the precarious position man is in and the potential for backdraft to worsen the situation.

Efforts on-going to reach man from below pic.twitter.com/okrJKjDKGD

— Cumbria Police (@Cumbriapolice) October 28, 2019

“The thoughts of all the emergency services and partners are with the family and friends of the man,” the police said, adding that specialist welfare police officers were supporting the man’s family.

An investigation into how and why the man was on the chimney has been launched.

Man stuck on chimney
A man hangs upside down from the top of Dixon’s Chimney in Carlisle, England on Oct. 28, 2019. (Danny Lawson/AP)

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