19 stone British tourist carried out of Florence tower by firemen

Nigel Jonas collapsed at the top of the Campanile di Giotto and couldn't make it back down the 414 steps


A British holidaymaker weighing 19 stone had to be carried down from an Italian tourist attraction by firemen after collapsing from exhaustion.

Nigel Jonas, 53, managed to make his way up the Campanile di Giotto in Florence but when he reached the top he didn't feel well and ended up keeling over.

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Temperatures in the beautiful Italian city had hit 40C, which is thought to have affected Mr Jonas' health.

According to The Local, Mr Jonas didn't feel strong enough to make his own way down the tower's 414 steps.

British tourist carried out of Campanile di Giotto after collapsing

Footage shows the Brit being carried out of the 85-metre-tall tower by four members of the local fire service.

The narrow spiral staircase made the situation even more difficult as Mr Jonas had to be moved from a stretcher to a sling.

Once moved, however, the firemen were able to navigate the stairs more easily, eventually bringing the patient to the bottom in 10 minutes.

Mr Jonas was checked over by medical staff before being taken to hospital as a precaution.

According to the MailOnline a spokesman for the city said: "Tourists are advised to ensure they are fit enough to climb some of our taller monuments, or they restrict access to others."

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