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Man safely rescued from tower after three hour ordeal

photo courtesy of Faith Harper of the Jacksonville Daily Progress photo courtesy of Faith Harper of the Jacksonville Daily Progress
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By Jamey Boyum

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) -   A man dangled upside down from a sixty foot antenna for three hours earlier today.

According to Jacksonville Fire Chief, Paul White, the man was trying to put a top on an antenna on a tower on County Road 3137 near Lake Jacksonville when he lost his footing.

Around 11:00 a.m. a man was hanging by a rope. If he hadn't been secured by a safety belt, things would have ended very badly.

He had been hired to take down sixty foot  television antenna that was no longer being used. He managed to get the top loose, but that's when he slipped.

Ted Hunt with Earl's Chapel Volunteer Fire Department was one of the first on the scene. "We found a man upside down on the tower. His working partner had climbed back up the tower and secured him with some ropes to keep him from falling. All he had on was a climbing belt which had slipped down to his knees," he said.

They sent for an ONCOR bucket truck, but when that didn't work they took down part of the homeowner's fence so a Rusk ladder truck could be brought in.

The victim was secured so tightly to the tower the fire department had to put a web harness around him which they then attached to "a pulley system above him so we could lift him up and untangle the ropes around him, and then lower him down inside the ladder," the Chief said.

"He did stay calm the whole time, but he was about to pass out. He did hang upside down for three hours," the Chief said.

Thinking it through and proceeding with caution kept this man safe throughout the process. The victim was transported to a local hospital.

The homeowner said the man had done this type of job before.

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