Drunk man in rooftop rescue drama

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A man facing an 80 foot drop from the roof of a school had to be rescued by firefighters.

The inebriated man was gripping desperately to roof tiles on top of the Stanley Primary School building, in Wordsworth Avenue, Marton.

He had called 999 after getting trapped, and firefighters had to grab him before he slipped.

Mark Warwick, watch manager at Blackpool fire station, said: “When we arrived he was clinging on to the roof tiles.

“It was quite a tense situation going on.

“We needed to work quite quickly to get this guy down.”

Two fire engines from Blackpool and one from South Shore attended the scene, as well as the aerial ladder platform (ALP) from Blackpool.

The ALP crane was sent up to the roof and two firefighters were able to grab the man before he fell.

A specialist rope rescue unit was also summoned from St Annes to the incident, which took place at around 5.30pm yesterday, but was unused.

Once down, the man explained he had gone to the roof for some quiet time and to have a drink.

He was arrested at the scene.

Mr Warwick added: “It was a matter of urgency to try and get him so we had to work very quickly.

“He was in a really precarious position.”