Authorities: situation atop Coast Guard base water tower has end -

Authorities: situation atop Coast Guard base water tower has ended

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CAPE MAY - A stand-off between authorities and a U.S. Coast Guardsman atop a water tower ended early Friday morning.

It was just after 12:00 p.m. Thursday when officials were alerted to the situation at the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, where they discovered a male active duty Coast Guard member had climbed the tower on the base without authorization.

It was learned early on that the man was not armed.

Multiple agencies have responded, including Coast Guard Police and Fire, Cape May and Wildwood Police, the Cape May County Sheriff's Department, and the SWAT team through the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office.

Coast Guard officials say the man asked for several items, which were delivered to him before nightfall.

Shortly after 2:00 a.m. Friday, the Coast Guard Fire Department used to a harness to help the man climb down from the tower.

The unidentified man, whose name cannot be released for at least 24 hours, was taken to a local hospital for unknown injuries.

“We are so grateful the situation was able to be resolved safely,” said Capt. G. Todd Prestidge, the commanding officer of the training center. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the member and his family during this difficult time. I am very proud of the response from my crew and the local Coast Guard family, and appreciate the support and partnership from local agencies. Cape May County truly is a Coast Guard Community.”

Recruit graduation is set to take place as scheduled at the base on Friday.

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