With climbers doing their best to cling to towers every day, it is hard to understand why exactly some people choose to jump off the same towers. A man was seriously injured after attempting to parachute from a television tower at 2 a.m., Dec. 22, in Crownsville, Md., according to a report on the Washington Post Local web site.
Robert Morgan climbed the 1,000-foot Maryland public television tower, and jumped off only to have his parachute fail to open properly. Morgan and an associate were charged with trespassing. It was the second BASE jumping incident in the Washington, D.C., area last month.
A week earlier, Morgan was one of a group of people caught trespassing as a woman parachuted from the WETA public television tower in Arlington, Va., and was injured after being caught in a tree.
A man working on a cell tower fell more than 80 feet was seriously injured on Dec. 23 in Marcy, N.Y. He was rescued by members of the Maynard Fire Department and transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, according to The Utica Observer-Dispatch, and later moved to Strong Hospital in Rochester.
The man, who has been upgraded to stable condition, had multiple broken bones after landing on a platform 15 feet from the ground, according to Maynard fire officials. He was found wearing a safety harness. His name was not released by authorities.
The Observer-Dispatch reported that the man worked for Patriot Towers, based in Scottsville, N.Y.
Nick Rouskey, president, Broadcast Services Tower and Antennas, died tragically Dec. 26 when he was electrocuted while working on a cell tower in Bonita Springs, Fla.
Rouskey, who had 20 years of experience repairing towers, was on the tower to replace a light, and was being assisted by his grandson, who was at the base.
Rescuers were dispatched to the scene at 4:40 p.m. and found him unresponsive 750 feet above the ground, according to Naples Daily News. A team of eight workers “untangled” Rouskey and lowered him to the ground. The rescue took five hours to complete.
Rouskey, 61, lived in Cape Coral, Fla., where he and his wife, Kathleen, owned and operated Broadcast Services Tower and Antenna. He was a veteran of the Vietnam war and received a Bronze Star for his military service. He is survived by his wife, one son, Nick Rouskey; and two grandsons, Dylan and Ian; and other family members.