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The man went into Mission Beach's Belmont Park and made his way over a fence for the Giant Dipper, which was closed due to the pandemic, before climbing to the top of the estimated 70-foot tall wooden attraction around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, according to local affiliate FOX 5 San Diego.
Photo of man atop the Belmont Park attraction the Giant Dipper (TMZ)
A shocking photo obtained by TMZ shows the man standing at the top of the roller coaster wearing what appears to be a white T-shirt and a hat.
The man claimed he would jump from the ride, FOX 5 reported. Authorities temporarily shut down traffic while police and fire department personnel tried to talk the man down.
He descended just shy of eight hours later at approximately 9:20 p.m., the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. He was ultimately taken into police custody and transferred into the care of a mental health facility.
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