Worker Overcome by Heat on Fla. Tower Rescued

Florida firefighters scaled a 350-foot microwave tower in Wakulla County on Tuesday to help remove a worker who was suffering from heat exhaustion.

The private contractor was about 250 feet up the tower when he fell ill, according to Lt. Mike Bellamy, a public information officer for the Tallahassee Fire Department.

The man contacted his coworkers who summoned Wakulla County Fire Rescue crews.

Wakulla County Fire Rescue crews saw the need for additional resources to help rescue the man.

Bellamy said the Tallahasse Urban Search and Rescue Team was called in.

The team set up a rope system and climbed the tower to place the patient into a safety harness.

Once he was lowered to the ground, he was packaged and transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for medical evaluation. 

 

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