CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are trying to get a Coast Guard member to climb down from a water tower at the agency’s training center in Cape May.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman says the active guard member climbed the tower before noon Thursday and was still on a platform on the tower, about 140 feet above ground, more than nine hours later. She says he wasn’t wearing safety gear.

The spokeswoman, Commander O. Ashburn, says the man has been talking with responders. She would not comment on his possible motives or release his name.

She said a Coast Guard helicopter flew over the tower to check on whether he has tired and to look for any hazards.

The base has about 2,000 personnel including active members and recruits going through an eight-week training program.

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