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UPDATE: Standoff at Cape May Coast Guard Base Ends; Man Atop Water Tower

An active duty Coast Guard member climbed to the top of the base Thursday afternoon, NBC 40 reports.

NBC40 video
NBC40 video
UPDATE: The standoff atop a water tower at the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May has ended.

A Coast Guard member climbed down from a 165-foot water tower at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May at about 2 a.m. Friday, according to the Coast Guard.  

The member climbed up the water tower without authorization at about 12 noon Thursday.  

Negotiators from the Cape May County Prosecutors Office worked with the member for 14 hours, resulting in the Coast Guard Fire Department passing a harness to the man and assisted him in safely climbing down from water tower.

The Coast Guard Police Department and fire department, Cape May Police Department and fire department, Cape May County Sheriff’s Department and SWAT team all responded to the incident, according to the Coast Guard.  

“We are so grateful the situation was able to be resolved safely,” said Capt. G. Todd Prestidge, the commanding officer of the training center. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the member and his family during this difficult time.

"I am very proud of the response from my crew and the local Coast Guard family, and appreciate the support and partnership from local agencies. Cape May County truly is a Coast Guard Community.”

Recruit graduation will take place Friday on the base as scheduled.

The man is not being identified, but he is not a recruit at the base, according to The Press of Atlantic City. He is speaking to authorities.

The video attached to this post was posted on nbc40.net.
Mac June 06, 2014 at 12:07 PM
that guy looks like Jimmy Brightbulb, the lighthouse keeper - he must be coming off a two-week bender again
A M June 06, 2014 at 12:55 PM
MissElanyS- its not like we are paying to read this. Its our choice, and yours. If you don't like what they write, stop reading it. Koodoos to the Patch for giving young people a shot and people a job.
Duwayne Michael LeDoux June 06, 2014 at 07:30 PM
technology has been inplanted into our service personal..in our children..it causes them to murder other people..causes them to kill themselves..its inplanted into them right in front of people and its not even seen..i know this for a fact..Arc Angel..Aquarius 1960...Kodiak Alaska
Gordo K June 06, 2014 at 11:59 PM
Uh, Duwayne? I think you should report this to the authorities.
Joe R June 07, 2014 at 12:25 AM
I think Duwayne is confused. He's mixing up dental implants with science fiction fantasy bizarre crazy nuts conspiracy theories.

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