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Medics critical of Southampton crane climber's comments

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Media captionThe footage showed James Kingston at the top of the 96m (314ft) crane

Comments by a man who climbed on to a tower crane 315ft above Southampton have been criticised by the ambulance service.

James Kingston, 22, was filmed dangling one-handed above Admiral's Quay.

Asked whether he thought about the paramedics who would deal with him if he fell, he said: "That's the job you're trained to do."

An ambulance official condemned him for ignoring the emotional distress caused to those who would deal with his body.

Mr Kingston was asked about his actions in climbing the 96m crane where a 26-storey residential tower is being built.

He said he did not do it "to annoy the authorities".

It was "quite normal to be doing these things seen as being extreme or crazy", he said.

Mr Kingston and two other 22-year old men managed to bypass an anti-climb shield to reach the crane.

'Extreme trauma'

A video showing him walking out along the crane's horizontal jib and hanging off it has since been uploaded on to the internet.

Asked about the effect on emergency service workers he said: "That's the job you [paramedics] are trained to do and applied for, isn't it?

"That's what you do. You don't have to do it but it's what you've chosen to do."

His comments were dismissed by James Keating-Wilkes, from the South Central Ambulance Service.

"Such incidents where patients suffer extreme trauma are emotionally distressing to those staff who have to deal with them," he said.

"We would consider it foolhardy for anyone to climb a crane for fun and expect us to treat them if they fell.

"We would of course treat them as we have a duty of care, but injuries would be severe."

Mr Keating-Wilkes added that Mr Kingston's actions could divert limited medical resources from other life-threatening emergencies where injury could be avoided.

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