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Lifeboat and coastguard crews rescue casualty from harbour

Coastguard rescue teams from Whitehaven and Maryport, and the RNLI lifeboat from St Bees, were called last night at about 20:30 after reports that someone had fallen into Whitehaven Harbour.

A spokesman for HM Coastguard said a man was rescued from the water and handed over to the ambulance service for checks at the West Cumberland Hospital.

Dixons Chimney: Investigation into man's death begins

An investigation has begun following the death of a Carlisle man on Dixon's Chimney in the city yesterday.

Police cars at incident
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The man, who police say lives in the city and is in his 50s, was first seen at the 290ft (88m) top of the former factory chimney in the early hours of yesterday, trapped on a ladder.

Police sealed off streets nearby, and a coastguard helicopter tried to reach him.

His body was eventually recovered by firefighters from Lancaster who were lifted on to the chimney on a cherry picker.

Cumbria police says specialist officers are supporting the man's family.

Attempts continue to rescue man on chimney

Police say they believe the man trapped at the top of Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle may still be alive, and they are trying to find a way to rescue him.

The emergency services were called at about 02:20 this morning, and police and the county's fire service have been joined by a coastguard helicopter, Penrith Mountain Rescue Team, and the Great North Air Ambulance.

Police say they do not know why the man climbed the 290ft chimney, and they do not believe it is a protest of any sort.

It's obviously a very dangerous situation for the man involved and the rescuers as well, therefore it may take some time."

Supt Matt Kennerley

Watch: Helicopter circling chimney as man hangs on ladder

BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

A BBC reporter has now sent film of the coastguard helicopter circling Dixons chimney where a man was seen trapped earlier this morning.

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Volunteers from the Penrith mountain rescue team and a rope access crew from Lancashire Fire Service are also at the scene.