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Naked man rescued after getting stuck on Florida drawbridge

A member of the Broward Sheriff's Office rescues

A member of the Broward Sheriff's Office rescues a naked man on top of a raised drawbridge on Friday, May 22, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Witnesses said the unidentified man was swimming in the river earlier and was walking across the railroad bridge Friday morning when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to the top. Photo Credit: AP / Michael Clary

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel quoted witnesses as saying the unidentified man was walking across the Florida East Coast Railway railroad bridge in Fort Lauderdale on Friday morning when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to the top, about 100 feet up.

The man said he had been swimming in the New River, which flows under the bridge.

Officials from the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Department said in a news release that the height was too much for their ladders, so two rescue workers climbed the remaining distance and secured the man with a rope harness. The bridge was then slowly lowered back down.

In October 2013, a woman taking part in a 5K walk also got caught on the bridge as it rose.

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