Man who climbed TV tower in Orlando is down safely

A man who climbed up a 400-foot TV transmitter tower in Orlando has made it back to the ground safely.

  • Police first arrived at the studios of WKMG around 11 a.m. local time.
  • At around 3:45 p.m., the man began to descend after officials spent much of the day trying to communicate with him to come down to safety.
  • After he reached the ground, he was escorted into a waiting ambulance around 7:30 p.m.
  • At one point, firefighters began climbing the tower with safety gear, which only caused the man to climb higher.
  • It’s not immediately known why the man climbed the tower or his identity.
  • Earlier reports indicated that the police had identified the man as having a history of mental illness.
  • Station employees were asked to remain inside, while access to the facility was limited.
  • also made the decision to not live stream the event given its unpredictability.
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