Tower Climber Falls, Dies in Seattle

    May 3, 2013

A man climbing a power tower in Seattle has died, but not for lack of climbing ability.

According to an Associated Press report, the man was climbing a 200-foot power tower when he touched a high-voltage power line and was electrocuted, falling to a platform that was around 150 feet off the ground. The incident occurred around 12:30 am PDT on Friday morning.

The man remains unidentified and the Seattle fire department has not yet determined why the man was climbing the tower.

The fire department called in a helicopter to help ascertain the situation after it received reports of a fire on the tower. Witnesses had reported seing a bright flash and sparks. After finding the body, Seattle’s power company cut the power to the lines so that the fire department could recover it. The AP report stated that a “cap” and cellphone were found near the body.