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Naked man rescued from drawbridge

Published 23/05/2015 | 18:11

A member of the Fort Lauderdale fire department rescues a man on top of a raised drawbridge (Michael Clary/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
A member of the Fort Lauderdale fire department rescues a man on top of a raised drawbridge (Michael Clary/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge.

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The South Florida Sun Sentinel quoted witnesses as saying the man was walking across the Florida East Coast Railway railroad bridge in Fort Lauderdale when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to the top, about 100ft up.

The man said he had been swimming in the New River, which flows under the bridge.

The height was too much for Fort Lauderdale fire rescue department's ladders, so two rescue workers climbed the remaining distance and secured the man with a rope harness. The bridge was then slowly lowered back down.

In October 2013, a woman taking part in a 5K walk also got caught on the bridge as it rose.

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