By George Stephens •
Published: 31 Oct 2019 • 7:13
The family of the man who died after becoming trapped at the top of a 270ft chimney have paid tribute in their words to the strong and brave grandfather.
In a statement, the family of Robert Philip Longcake, known as Phil, said he had been battling with mental health issues.
His family said: “Phil was a strong, brave man who achieved a lot in his short life.
“Sadly, due to recent disclosures he made about historic trauma he suffered, Phil was battling with his mental health, with the love and support of his family and health professionals whilst trying to overcome this. He was a keen motorcyclist and would often spend weekends away with his son, Robert.He loved fell walking with his dog Ted and was a passionate musician who played the guitar, piano and accordion.He also loved to sing, and did his own covers of popular music. Phil was a fantastic grandad to his three grandchildren, James, George and William.They adored him.Phil had many wonderful and happy times with his family, and these memories will be treasured by his loved ones.”
Emergency services were called to Dixon’s Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria at 2.22am on Monday after reports a man was trapped hanging from his legs.
Mr Longcake, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene at about 4.45pm after a specialist team used ropes and a cherry picker to winch him down after rescue attempts failed during the early hours.
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