South Korean police announced Monday the arrest of a Briton who climbed the country’s tallest skyscraper without permission and without any safety equipment.
The British man, according to the police, had begun at dawn on Monday to ascend 123 floors of the “Lotte World” tower, south of the capital, Seoul. After being spotted by the tower staff, he was forced to abandon his project after reaching the 73rd floor.
A South Korean police official told AFP: “The tower staff had to climb up with a portable basket to persuade him to stop while he was still at the seventieth floor of the building.
The official added, “He finally surrendered and we arrested him immediately on charges of obstructing an official activity.” He pointed out that the British detainee “is currently undergoing interrogation at the Songpa district police station in Seoul.” And Lotte World Tower, which has a height of 555 meters, is the fifth tallest skyscraper in the world.
Alain Robert, nicknamed the “French Spider-Man”, climbed the tower without permission. He reached class 75 before his arrest and imprisonment in 2018.
Local media, including the Chosun Ilbo newspaper, identified the climber in this new attempt as George King Thompson.
In 2021, the Daily Mail reported that Thompson was jailed for trying to climb the Shard, a 72-storey skyscraper in London.