Firemen rescue hapless drone pilot after getting stuck up 60ft tree
Firefighters have to rescue hapless drone pilot when he gets stuck 60ft up a tree trying to retrieve the aircraft after watching ‘how to climb’ videos on YouTube
- Daniel Lacourse attempted to retrieve gadget that had been stuck for two weeks
- He borrowed a friend’s climbing gear and hoisted himself up tree in Manchester
- Got tangled in ropes and left dangling for half an hour before firefighters arrived
A New Hampshire man had to be rescued by firefighters after getting stuck up a 60ft tree trying to retrieve his drone.
Daniel Lacourse looked up ‘how to climb’ videos on YouTube before scaling the tree to get his gadget that had been up there for a fortnight.
Mr Lacourse borrowed a friend’s climbing gear and hoisted himself up in Manchester on Wednesday.
Daniel Lacourse dangles from a rope at the top of a 60ft tree after getting stuck trying to retrieve his drone
Mr Lacourse borrowed a friend’s climbing gear and hoisted himself up before getting tangled in his rope
The hapless drone pilot had to be rescued by firefighters after attempting the climb in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Wednesday
Mr Lacourse had managed to get to the drone and use a stick to dislodge it from the branches.
But he had to be rescued when he got tangled in his equipment and was left dangling from a rope for around 30 minutes.
‘I didn’t expect it to be so difficult, take so much endurance. Panic set in when I couldn’t feel my legs,’ Mr Lacourse told ABC 7.
Mr Lacourse’s friend called the Manchester Fire Department, which used a ladder truck to bring him down safely.
Mr Lacourse said panic set in when he couldn’t feel his legs when he got tangled in the ropes
He vowed never ‘to climb again’ following the incident. Fire chiefs said the fall would’ve killed him
He was unscathed during the incident, but said it had put him off climbing ever again.
Deputy Fire Chief Michael Gamache said: ‘He couldn’t grab anything. He wasn’t holding onto anything. He was just hanging onto the rope.’
Mr Gamache explained Lacourse likely would have died if he had fallen from the tree.
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