September 28, 2007 / 4:39 PM / 10 years ago

Oktoberfest reveler stuck in chimney for 12 hours

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German man who had been drinking heavily at Munich’s Oktoberfest beer festival got stuck in a chimney for 12 hours while trying to climb into a friend’s apartment, police said Friday.

<p>Half-empty one-litre beer mugs stand on a table at the end of Munich's Oktoberfest October 3, 2006. A German man who had been drinking heavily at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival got stuck in a chimney for 12 hours while trying to climb into a friend's apartment, police said Friday. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle</p>

After finding his friend was not at home, the 27-year-old climbed on to the roof of a neighboring building at about 2 a.m. Thursday and headed for what he thought was a gap in the wall between the two houses.

He found himself sliding almost 30 meters (98 feet) head first into a chimney, a spokesman for Munich police said.

An 82-year-old janitor from the hotel next door eventually heard the man’s calls for help and he was rescued at around 2 p.m. by fire brigade officers who knocked a hole into the side of the chimney to liberate him, the spokesman said.

He had managed to turn around and had removed his clothes to try to help him squeeze back up.

“Miraculously, he was only slightly injured in the fall, sustaining just grazes and bruising,” police said. The man was taken by helicopter to the hospital, where he is being treated for hypothermia, they added.

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