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Seoul. Climbing unprotected, on the 73rd floor of the Lotte World Tower they stopped him [NAGRANIE]

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Police arrested a 24-year-old man who attempted to climb the world’s fifth tallest building, the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, without any protection. At the height of the 73rd floor, he was forced by the services to end the “expedition” and detained.

A 24-year-old British citizen attempted to climb the world’s fifth tallest skyscraper, the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday, a Reuters news agency reported. The skyscraper is 555 meters high and has 123 floors. When the man had completed more than half of his climb and was at the height of the 73rd floor, the South Korean services forced him to end the “expedition”.

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The 24-year-old was arrested

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Footage shared by Reuters shows the man wearing shorts while climbing and no ropes securing him. The agency said his climb took more than an hour, during which time police and fire departments gathered around the building.

The authorities eventually managed to force the man to enter the building. The 24-year-old was then taken to the police station and questioned. According to the local newspaper Chosun Ilbo, the man is George King-Thompson, who was supposedly arrested in 2019 for climbing the 309-meter Shard skyscraper in London.

Lotte Property & Development said in an interview with CNN that the man was first noticed by a security guard on the 42nd floor and it was he who notified the police. It also stressed that officers are currently determining how the 24-year-old managed to climb the skyscraper, and the company will look at whether some system changes should be made to prevent this type of climbing from being undertaken in the future.

Main photo source: Reuters, Efired/Shutterstock

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