Cumbria Police have confirmed that the man stuck at the top of Dixon’s chimney in Carlisle has died as emergency services recovered his body at around 4.45pm.
The man in his 50s was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics after a specialist rescue mission took place throughout the day.
Officers received reports of a man dangling from the top of the 290ft structure at around 2.20am this morning, prompting a “highly complex rescue operation”.
As well as police, the multi-agency task also involved Cumbria and Lancashire fire and rescue services, the North West Ambulance Service, the Coastguard, mountain rescuers and specialist contractors.
They attempted to retrieve the man by helicopter but safety fears were raised over the precarious position of the man and the dangers posed by helicopter backdrafts.
His body was eventually recovered by an industrial sized 90-metre cherry picker that transported specialist technicians and specialist firefighters trained to work at height to the top of the chimney to lower him down.
Cumbria Police said in a statement: “The thoughts of all the emergency services and partners are with the family and friends of the man. Specialist welfare police officers are supporting his family at this difficult time.
“An investigation will commence into the circumstances into how and why the man was on the chimney and the constabulary will be informing Her Majesty's Coroner.”
It is not yet known how or why the man came to be atop the chimney, which was formerly part of a cotton mill.