Sunday 11 December 2016

'Blind drunk' Irish backpacker rescued after he went for a 'kip' on Australian rooftop

Published 12/07/2016 | 23:10

Irish backpacker asleep on the roof. Picture: Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services Facebook
Irish backpacker asleep on the roof. Picture: Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services Facebook

An Irish backpaker woke to find himself on the roof of an Australian business.

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Police in Darwin took to Facebook this week to say Fire and Rescue services were called out to help the "Gee-Eyed' male who decided this was a good place for a kip".

Senior Sergeant Garry (Uncle Gaz) Smith explained that his team are trained in all aspects of emergency management but "every now and again we respond to community calls for assistance that do not always make total sense".

He went on to explain that they were "called out to rescue someone apparently fallen off a ledge only to later find the ‘victim’ fast asleep at home or like this morning, the NT (Northern Territory) Fire and Rescue Service called out to (no, not a kitty cat stuck up a tree) a backpacker stuck up on a roof after the ‘Gee-Eyed’ male decided this was a good place for a ‘kip’.

Acting Sgt Jacqueline Lynden said after the rescue: “He promised to walk home and not get into any more vulnerable situations”.

The Irish man was issued with an infringement notice "for his adventure".

Sgt Smith  told AAP "gee-eyed" was "Irish slang for blind drunk, basically".

Emergency Services and a long ladder helped the man down from the roof on Tuesday morning.

The man told police he had no idea how he got up there, Senior Sergeant Smith said.

"It's got to give you a giggle but we've also got to be serious, we're talking about a very intoxicated person who has no recollection of climbing up to a very high place and falling asleep, he could have fallen and injured himself or a pedestrian," he said.

Irish backpacker asleep on the roof. Picture: Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services Facebook
Irish backpacker asleep on the roof. Picture: Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services Facebook

"You've got to roll your eyes, but also what do you do, it's just part of Darwin."

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