Friday, February 19, 2016

Man blames prankster friends for leaving him stranded overnight on fifth-storey ledge

An embarrassed man was rescued from a fifth-storey ledge of a federal government building in Melbourne, Australia, after he fell victim to a prank.

The 26-year-old was climbing on the outside of the Bureau of Meteorology building in the Docklands with friends on Tuesday night before they took away a ladder and abandoned him as part of a "prank". He became stranded on the ledge of the building overnight.

A member of the pubic alerted emergency services at 8.44am on Wednesday after spotting the man on the ledge. A fire truck with a hydraulic platform was used to rescue the man, who was brought down to the ground about 9am. Fire crews said the man was "embarrassed" and "shivering", but unharmed.

"I just want to come down," he yelled at firefighters during the rescue. Victoria Police said the man was skylarking and "not threatening self-harm". Police confirmed the man was in "good health" before being released from the scene. He is expected to be charged with trespassing.

With short news video.


Megan Huddleston said...

What's "skylarking?"

arbroath said...

It means fooling around, Megan.

Anonymous said...

Time to find some new friends!