Family’s tribute for man who died after being trapped at top of 270ft chimney

The family of a man who died after becoming trapped at the top of a 270ft chimney have paid tribute to the "strong" and "brave" grandfather.

In a statement, the family of Robert Philip Longcake, known as Phil, said he had been "battling with his mental health".

Emergency services were called to Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria at 2.22am on Monday after reports a man was trapped.

Mr Longcake, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene at about 4.45pm after a specialist working-at-height team used ropes and a cherry picker to winch him down.

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.

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Police said they were dealing with an incident at Dixon’s Chimney in Carlisle after reports on Monday, October 28, that a man had got trapped on the large structure.

Cumbria Constabulary said officers “became aware of a man trapped at height in the area” and were working with the other emergency services to free the man.

“Officers are supporting Cumbria Fire and Rescue service and other partner agencies to attempt to free the man safely,” police said in a statement.

“The road is currently closed at Stanhope Road, Charlotte Street and Shaddongate where it meets Bridge Street (A595). The public are asked to avoid the area.” Credit: Naim Asghar via Storyful

A hydraulic platform is raised at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Police vehicles block the road near to Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Police community support officers man a cordon near to Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2019. Local reports said shouts and wailing could be heard coming from the chimney in the early hours of this morning before police arrived on the scene. See PA story POLICE Chimney. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The man is seen here, in an image from social media, dangling from the top of the former mill chimney (Twitter EMURRIE91)
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, prepare to use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2019. Local reports said shouts and wailing could be heard coming from the chimney in the early hours of this morning before police arrived on the scene. See PA story POLICE Chimney. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, prepare to use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2019. Local reports said shouts and wailing could be heard coming from the chimney in the early hours of this morning before police arrived on the scene. See PA story POLICE Chimney. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, prepare to use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Police community support officers man a cordon near to Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2019. Local reports said shouts and wailing could be heard coming from the chimney in the early hours of this morning before police arrived on the scene. See PA story POLICE Chimney. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, prepare to use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, prepare to use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Operators use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, prepare to use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Police vehicles block the road near to Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Police vehicles block the road near to Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
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"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 granddad 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."

The family said he would be much missed by his wife Andrea, children Robert and Laura and other family and friends.

They asked for donations to mental health charity Mind in his memory.

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