Man who scaled to the top of Orlando TV tower is down, in rescue unit

Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) -A man climbed to the top of a television station tower on John Young Parkway in Orange County on Wednesday, and was refusing to come down.

The man, whose identity is still unconfirmed, was on that tower for over seven hours, through extreme heat, a thunderstorm and an attempt by two firefighters to reach him.

For hours, crisis negotiators used a bullhorn to try to coax the man they believe may be named “Alex” down from a 400-foot television tower.

Reporters from NBC affiliate WESH said police at the scene were trying to talk the man down and were speaking in Spanish and English over a loudspeaker. Amanda Dukes, a reporter for WESH, noted the man seemed distraught and was going back and forth between sitting and standing.

While authorities don’t know who the man is, they have been referring to him as Alex because of some information they found in a nearby backpack.

Firefighters started climbing the 400-foot tower around 4 p.m. They hoped to give the man a safety harness but say he scurried all the way to the top of the tower.

Just after 6 p.m. the man slowly began his descent down the tower. Both police and fire officials are standing by.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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