This is the heart-stopping moment a daredevil climbs 250ft up a construction tower without a harness – before dangling ONE HANDED from the top.
Adrenaline junkie James Kingston, 22, scaled the crane on a building site in Southampton at 5am.
Once at the top he precariously ventures out along the 150ft long arm – before hanging from the steel girder by only his right hand.
Accompanied by three pals, James stayed up the tower for an hour “enjoying the view” before coming back down.
He said: “I wasn’t scared. You can’t afford to be scared when you’re hanging by your finger tips. I did it for the adventure.
“Life’s too short to be sat around worrying about your future. You have no time to waste!
“I didn’t go up there to die. I went up there to live.”
James, of Southampton, describes himself as a ‘professional freerunner’ and has already completed similar stunts on cranes in Los Angeles and Jesolo, Italy.
He declined to reveal the exact location of the crane but it is believed to be on the Ocean Village waterside development in Southampton.
Accompanied by friends Simon Russell, 22, Douglas Wainer, 22, they launched their audacious stunt at sunrise one morning last month.
They climbed over the fence that surrounds the site and then over another that surrounds the crane itself.
Bachelor James said: “I chose this crane simply because of how high it is. It’s very rare to have such high structures in my city so I couldn’t pass off the opportunity to climb it and get some awesome shots.
“The crane is just over 250ft tall and 150ft across. It took about 20 minutes of slow climbing and shooting to reach the top.
“I stayed at the top for around an hour enjoying the view, jumping around and capturing it all.
“I didn’t plan to do anything really. All I wanted to do was get up there in time for sunrise!”
Amazingly, James said he did not plan to hang down by one arm.
He added: “I didn’t plan to hang, no. It’s just the kind of thing that you may as well do while you’re up there.
“I ended up doing it three times, one was shot from above, another shot POV style and the last shooting photos POV style. I wasn’t concerned about anything. Pulling back up is very easy.”
James is now planning further death-defying stunts.
He said: “I want to just continue travelling, meeting awesome people, living my life to the fullest and capturing as much of it as I can so that when I’m old and wrinkly, I can look back over years and years worth of footage and think ‘man that was cool’.”
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