Brooklyn Heights

Young Brooklyn Bridge climber talked down by NYPD Tuesday morning

Traffic snarled, crowd gathered on Bridge walkway

December 3, 2013 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Detectives from NYPD’s crack Emergency Services Unit talked a despondent young man down from one of the giant cables supporting the Brooklyn Bridge at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

The climber, described as a 23-year-old white man wearing a reddish-orange jacket, drew a crowd on the Bridge walkway and snarled traffic to Brooklyn as he climbed a cable on the southern side of the Bridge.

As traffic in the Brooklyn-bound lanes was halted and helicopters buzzed overhead, Detectives Irving Marrero and Eric Bembenek climbed out onto the cable and spoke with the young man. According to NYPD spokesperson Detective Marc Nell, the man told the detectives that he was depressed.

After Marrero and Bembenek talked him down shortly before 11 a.m., the man was sent to a hospital, Detective Nell said.

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Updated at 1:30 p.m. with the names of the rescuing detectives.

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