UPDATE: Man rescued from tower in Cherokee County
POSTED: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 2:56pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:37pm
cherokee county — Authorities first told KETK the man dangling was a homeowner trying to adjust his television reception.
Now, officials say the man rescued is actually from an antenna company and was called by the homeowner to remove the antenna.
Officials tell KETK crews on the scene, the man has been rescued.
Rescue crews say the man was attempting to improve his television reception, and climbed the 60 ft. tower near his house.
The man is said to have fallen around 10:30 a.m., and dangled upside down in his harness for about 3 hours before crews were able to rescue him.
Officials say the man was not seriously injured, but has been transported to a Jacksonville hospital to be checked out.
Officials with both the Tyler Fire and the Jacksonville Fire departments confirm with KETK that the man is dangling from an antenna tower.
Tyler Fire Department was called in to assist Jacksonville with the rescue, but has since been called off.
No word yet on the progress of the rescue.
KETK will continue to update as we get more details.
Rescue efforts are underway in Cherokee County for a man dangling from a tower on County Road 3137.
Cherokee County officials tell KETK the man is hanging about 60 feet from the ground. It's believed the man flipped off the tower because of a broken harness.
KETK has a crew en route and will bring you more information as it becomes available.