New Orleans police, firefighters and EMS paramedics rescued a naked man who climbed up an 140-foot Entergy pole in New Orleans East on Thursday.

A little after 9:30 a.m., 911 dispatchers received a call reporting that a man had climbed the tower, which is near the 4500 block of Jourdan road, near Downman road. 

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Authorities turned off the power on the structure so that the man wouldn’t be in danger of electrocuting himself, said EMS spokeswoman Liz Belcher. Authorities estimated the man climbed roughly 80 to 90 feet up the tower. 

What prompted the man to climb up the tower wasn’t immediately clear.

Firefighters began raising a ladder toward the man atop the tower about 3 p.m. He was rescued around 4 p.m.

The man, who has been on the tower for several hours, could be seen communicating with firefighters. 


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