Crisis team helps man off top of crane

Multnomah County

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man in crisis who climbed to the top of a 300-foot crane came down after crisis negotiators talked with him for about 5 hours.

The man climbed the construction crane on SE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Ankeny Street sometime after 1 p.m. Crisis negotiators arrived at the scene along with a SERT unit which helped block streets.

Emergency and crisis responders made contact with the man through a loudspeaker. Authorities said they learned who the man is and contacted his family. There’s no indication that he has any weapons on him. 

Around 6:15 p.m. authorities confirmed the man climbed safely down to the ground and was taken into custody.

Dan Drinkward, the vice president of Hoffman Construction, told KOIN 6 News the man got to the crane by climbing over a construction fence from the street. He then scaled the crane from the outside, climbed above the cab and then onto the catwalk.

Drinkward said there are security measures and gates that make it difficult for those without access to get to a crane, but he’s not sure at this time what exactly was in place at this construction site.

If you or someone you know needs help please call the Lines for Life 24/7 hotline at 800-273-8255​

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