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  • 11 May 2014, 23:31

'Drunk' Man Rescued From Sydney Opera House

A man who climbed on to the roof of Sydney's iconic Opera House has been rescued by police.

Some reports said he had been holding a protest at the Australian tourist attraction.

But the Sydney Daily Telegraph reported a police officer said it was not a demonstration but rather a case of a drunk man who decided to climb one of the building's 'sails'.

The rescue operation lasted more than an hour as the man, who reportedly showed signs of intoxication, first had to be convinced by officers to come down.

He eventually decided to do so with the help of a harness and ropes.

Some tourists reportedly clapped as the man was escorted to ground level, while police helicopters hovered overhead.

Laura Finlay said her friends spotted the man while they were sightseeing.

"He was just kind of walking up and down (the sails)," she told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"He was smoking a cigarette and drinking from a can - we don't know if it was alcohol or not.

"He was there for at least an hour ... people were taking pictures and recording video.

"Then the police arrived and cleared the area, and everyone had to leave."

Another bystander said the man "seemed intoxicated" and that security personnel "had no idea" how he managed to scale the building.

Officers were using the man's wallet, which appeared to have been left on the ground, to establish his identity, the witness said.

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