Teen saved after climbing Edinburgh Castle Rock

The teenager tried to climb Edinburgh Castle Rock at night. Picture: Jane Barlow

The teenager tried to climb Edinburgh Castle Rock at night. Picture: Jane Barlow

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A TEENAGER caught scaling Castle Rock in the middle of the night has had to be rescued by firefighters.

Fire crews were called out at 3.35am after the man climbed 40 metres up the rock and could not get down.

The firefighters contacted the man by mobile phone before launching a line rescue from the Castle esplanade and lowering him onto the platform of a turntable ladder positioned down below, in Johnston Terrace.

Around 20 firefighters from Tollcross and Newcraighall stations were involved in the rescue. The man was uninjured but was checked over by ambulance staff at the scene.

Police said they attended after being informed of the incident by the fire service.

A spokesman said: “A 19-year-old man had climbed the south-west rockface at Edinburgh Castle and become stranded. He was subsequently charged with culpable and reckless conduct and he has been reported to the procurator fiscal.”