Worker gets stuck on 300-foot cellphone tower

Worker gets stuck on 300-foot cellphone tower
Posted at 2:16 PM, Jul 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-28 07:50:07-04

BRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. -- A worker became stuck on a cellphone tower Wednesday afternoon and needed a co-worker to rescue him.

Deputy Sheriff Chris Shields said it's believed the man suffered heat exhaustion or some other medical emergency.

"He had four bottles of Gatorade, four bottles of Propel and six bottles of water and he still overheated," Harold Finley of the Columbia Pipeline Group said.

The tower is roughly 300 feet tall.

The rescuer also suffered from heat exhaustion but was able climb down with the victim after about 25 minutes. It normally takes 45 minutes, Finley said.

Both men were alert when they reached the ground, but one was taken to Meadowview Regional Medical Center as a precaution.

"He's going to be OK," Covington Fire Assistant Chief Chris Black said. "He's on his own feet."

According to Chief Deputy Bob Scott, between 70 and 80 people responded to the scene.