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Sunday 23 July 2017

'Don't copy me - it's dangerous', says Poolbeg tower teen

Oliver films himself on top of the 207m power station tower
Oliver films himself on top of the 207m power station tower

The teenager who illegally climbed one of the iconic Poolbeg towers has warned others not to replicate the feat.

Oliver, a 17-year-old Dane, is one half of a duo who record themselves scaling tall structures and buildings and then place the videos online.

The dizzying seven-minute footage of Oliver's 207m Poolbeg climb was posted on YouTube channel OJ Adventures.

The teenager admitted that what he did was dangerous and involved serious risk, and warned others not to do the same.

Gardai are investigating the climb at the power station, while the ESB has reviewed security in the area.

Oliver, who was in Dublin on a school trip, said others should not follow his lead.

"I do not support copycats. I don't think others should attempt the things we do. It is dangerous."

He said he was not worried about gardai investigating the incident, and told how neither he nor his climbing partner have ever been arrested.

"The whole police thing does not worry me. I did not do anything that would cause damage to anything or anyone," Oliver said.

He said the climb, which was his highest to date, was "very interesting".

The YouTube footage shows him trespassing on the site before climbing a ladder to the top of the tower.

Barry O'Leary, former secretary of the Irish Mountaineering Club, was quick to condemn the stunt.

Buzz

"It's nuts," he said. "People like this young man climb high buildings for a rush, an instant buzz and they do it quickly to get out of there before they're arrested.

"It's a selfish act. Just one wrong move and they are going to die. There are no safety back-ups and there is no room for error.

"I know fellas who used to jump from the West-Link toll bridge and they had a car waiting for them at the bottom. They should know better.

"This is not a case of jumping from your uncle's shed roof on to a bed of nettles. No one should ever consider trying it."

A spokesperson for the ESB, which manages the Poolbeg site, described the stunt as "sickening".

"I would like to see the full rigour of the law used against this person."

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