Saturday 29 April 2017

'I'm not harming anybody by climbing these beautiful structures' - Poolbeg tower climber

A screengrab from the video taken by the so-called 'casual daredevil'. Picture: Youtube
A screengrab from the video taken by the so-called 'casual daredevil'. Picture: Youtube
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A young climber who scaled one of the historic Poolbeg Towers has claimed he did it 'because it was fascinating'.

The dizzying video, posted on YouTube channel OJ Adventures, showed the youth gaining access to the Poolbeg site in Dublin and scaling the 270m tower.

The incident was criticised and the ESB said they are reviewing security surrounding the area in the wake of the video.

The climber known as Oliver, who is from Denmark, said upgrading the security was a good idea given how easily he got in.

“I don’t see how I am harming anybody by climbing these beautiful structures”

“Concerning the security…That’s probably a good idea since a teenager can surpass the security with ease," he told the Irish Star.

A screengrab from the video taken by the so-called 'casual daredevil'. Picture: Youtube
A screengrab from the video taken by the so-called 'casual daredevil'. Picture: Youtube

“I did it because it’s fascinating to see things not everyone can just go and see.”

In the clip the self-proclaimed "casual daredevil" is seen walking around the yard before climbing the 270m tower.

He films himself using a selfie-stick as he walks around the unprotected perimeter of the chimney, with views of Dublin behind him.

At the end of the video he sits with his legs dangling over the edge of the tower.

Similar videos shared by the youth's channel show the two-person team climbing chimneys in Budapest and other Denmark, among other dangerous activities.

A spokeswoman for the ESB, which is responsible for the defunct towers, confirmed that the matter had been reported to gardai and the ESB had also carried out an investigation.

Security has since been upgraded on the site, which is also guarded by security guards as there is a working power station on the site.

The youth was a visitor to Ireland and the ESB has urged against copy cat stunts which could put lives at risk.

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