Daredevil: Man, 29, charged after climbing to top of St. Thomas construction crane

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It was a dare that could have had deadly consequences.

A man seeking the ultimate bird’s-eye view now has a court date after police say he scaled a crane on a dare at a St. Thomas construction site.

St. Thomas police were contacted Tuesday about 9 p.m. by a passerby who spotted a person perched atop the 45-metre crane.

Emergency responders tried repeatedly to coax the thrill-seeker down from the crane, police said.

The man was eventually contacted on his cellphone before he came down, said police, who arrested him once he was on solid ground.

A 29-year-old St. Thomas man is charged with mischief and breach of condition for consuming alcohol. He’s scheduled to appear in court in August.

Crane-climbing daredevils have become a problem for police forces in Ontario in recent months.

York Region police near Toronto put out a warning to the public earlier this month after four separate crane-climbing incidents, most of them involving teenagers.

In April, Marisa Lazo was rescued off a crane she scaled in downtown Toronto. The spectacle drew hundreds of curious onlookers who watched as a firefighter climbed the crane and placed the 23-year-old in a safety harness before repelling down.

Lazo, whose social media account featured photos of her standing on rooftops, faces six criminal mischief charges.

Climbing cranes is part of “rooftopping,” the practice of climbing skyscrapers, construction equipment and other high structures. The daredevils then snap photographs, often selfies, and post them to social media.

dcarruthers@postmedia.com


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