Daredevil films himself free-climbing the Eiffel Tower

Posted at 8:38 PM, Nov 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-09 20:50:10-05

PARIS — A British daredevil and his friend recorded themselves free-climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris. James Kingston said it happened more than a year ago, but he just posted it online Sunday.

He said they started the climb around 1 a.m. They made the climb up the framework of the tower and finally reached the top platform. That’s when Kingston said curiosity got the better of him and he unlocked a door and slowly crept in.

That’s when Kingston said he was spotted by French security officials, after hearing shouting on a walkie talkie.

It was clear we’d been spotted so we legged it down a few stories & found a couple of holes inside the framework that we had no choice but to hide in. Hours went by with security going up & down with torches & they even turned on all of the towers lights during their search.

Kingston said after waiting for the coast to clear they continued to play on the tower until they were spotted again around 9 a.m. He said they were handcuffed and taken to a police station where they were held and questioned for six hours.

He said he was released without charges after he promised not to climb it again for three years.

Kingston said he can now officially check the Eiffel Tower off his list.