HINESVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) – After about eight hours, a man who climbed the WGML radio tower in Hinesville Monday morning has safely returned to the ground.
Hinesville police and fire departments first responded to the 300 block of Rolland St. around 6 a.m. to a report of a man perched on top of the tower screaming for help.
It’s not clear what prompted him to climb the tower, but according to Hinesville Police Chief Bill Kirkendall, the man appeared to be experiencing a breakdown.
Emergency crews blocked off Gause Street and the Bradwell Institute parking lot, adjacent to the radio station, to secure the area. Bradwell Institute students were still able to attend class.
The man’s mother and other family members arrived on the scene in an effort to help coax him down.
After police used a bullhorn to talk to the man, who at times began swinging from the top of the tower, the fire department brought its ladder truck to get closer.
Around noon, it appeared as if Lt. Brittany Fleming, a crisis management negotiator with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, was making progress, speaking to the man from the bucket of the ladder truck.
But the man suddenly broke off the conversation with Fleming and began to climb higher, out of her reach.
Shortly before 2 p.m., the man climbed down into the bucket of the ladder truck, where two first responders were waiting. They stayed with him there for about five minutes to decompress before he was lowered down to the ground.
Officers have since taken him to a local medical facility.