Young woman risks death as she climbs Portsmouth building

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A YOUNG woman who climbed Portsmouth and Southsea train station risked death, a firefighter who helped rescue her has said.

The woman, in her 20s and said to be under the influence, was spotted climbing the building at 5.30am.

Firefighters from Southsea station rushed to her aid.

Crew manager Conrad Stockley said they were able to use a ladder to coax her down - although she did need some convincing.

He said: ‘She was hanging off and determined to get to the top.

‘We put a ladder up to make contact with her and calm her down.

‘She had climbed up the outside the station and was hanging off the plastic trim.

‘She was just determined to reach the top but she was literally hanging off the trim, which was coming away.

‘She would have died if she had fallen off.’

He added she was unaware of the danger she had put herself in.

It is not thought she was trying to harm herself.

The city’s aerial ladder platform was called but not needed.

Crews left at about 6am after rescuing the woman.