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Police offer cigarettes in bid to ‘coax’ semi-naked man from crane after he climbed up to cabin

‘Drunk’ semi-naked man who climbed to the top of a giant crane, fell asleep and then REFUSED to come down is finally rescued after six-hour stand-off

  • Man dressed in shorts started climbing crane at building site in Folkestone at around 6.30 this morning 
  • Witness said man had ‘demanded drugs, money and fags’ and police used cigarettes to try to get him down
  • After climbing up and down structure, man went to crane’s cabin and fell asleep 
  • He was finally rescued by Kent Fire and Rescue Service at around 1pm today

A ‘drunk’ man who got stuck up a crane and ‘fell asleep’ in its cabin while dressed only in a pair of shorts has been rescued after a six-hour standoff with police. 

Police officers, firefighters and paramedics rushed to help the shirtless man who was clambering up and down on the structure, at a building site in Folkestone, Kent, earlier today.  

A witness said rescuers were trying to coax the man down from the crane with cigarettes after he ‘demanded drugs, money, fags’ as he climbed up and down the enormous crane. 

In a video of the crane,  the man can be heard shouting amid a backdrop of calling seagulls. 

Police officers, firefighters and paramedics rushed to help the shirtless man who was clambering up and down on the structure, at a building site in Folkestone, Kent, earlier today

A man who got stuck up a crane and ‘fell asleep’ in its cabin while dressed only in a pair of shorts has been rescued after a six-hour standoff with police. Police officers, firefighters and paramedics rushed to help the shirtless man who was clambering up and down on the structure, at a building site in Folkestone, Kent, earlier today

Officers from Kent Police and firefighters were shouting at the man from a height vehicle, trying to coax him down. 

At around 10am he retreated into the crane’s cabin, where it is thought he fell asleep.  

The man, who wore only pink shorts, was seen climbing up and down, at some points reaching heights of more than 50 feet.  

A witness said earlier: ‘They are trying to coax him down with cigarettes. He was coming down slowly, climbing down a platform at a time as the crane frame is in sections.  

‘But he stopped and is now climbing back up to the crane cabin. 

Another said: ‘He keeps climbing up then down a little. Demanding drugs, money, fags. Then climbs a little higher. He had a near miss a minute ago.’

A witness said rescuers were trying to coax the man down from the crane with cigarettes after he 'demanded drugs, money, fags' as he climbed up and down the enormous crane

Officers from Kent Police and firefighters were shouting at the man from a height vehicle, trying to coax him down

A witness said rescuers were trying to coax the man down from the crane with cigarettes after he ‘demanded drugs, money, fags’ as he climbed up and down the enormous crane. Officers from Kent Police and firefighters were shouting at the man from a height vehicle, trying to coax him down

Later this morning, one witness told KentLive that rescuers suspected the man was asleep in the cabin. 

They said: ‘I think the man has fallen asleep in the cabin.

‘It was going to happen. He’s been there since 6am, seems really drunk. He went in the cabin at around 10am and has not come out.

‘The police are assuming he is asleep. They were shouting at the cabin from the lift to wake him up.’

At the building site on Tontine Street, where construction is taking place for a new skate park, the crane can be seen towering over an unfinished building below. 

It was not until around 1pm that the man re-emerged from the cabin and was rescued by the emergency services. 

A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘A man has been led to safety by firefighters operating a height vehicle as a rescue platform in Dover Street, Folkestone.

‘The man was rescued from a tower crane after a discussion with Kent Police.

It was not until around 1pm that the man re-emerged from the cabin and was rescued by the emergency services. Above: The man outside the crane cabin

It was not until around 1pm that the man re-emerged from the cabin and was rescued by the emergency services. Above: The man outside the crane cabin 

‘There are no reports of any injuries.’  

A spokesman for Kent Police said earlier: ‘Kent Police was called at around 6.30am to reports that a man was climbing a crane at that location. 

‘Officers have closed Tontine Street and Dover Road in Folkestone while they speak to a distressed man at a building site.

‘Drivers may wish to seek alternative routes while the roads remain closed.’  

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