They then tried two approaches by helicopter — one to grab him in flight, and another to drop a rescue team down to him — however both attempts had to be abandoned for fears the downdraft might blow the victim off the top.
"We are looking at various options to rescue this man safely," Cumbria police Superintendent Matt Kennerley said, per The Guardian. "So far, the multi-agency response has seen us utilize technology including drones."
"This is an extremely complex and rare incident and requires the specialisms of all the agencies to work together. We are very concerned about the man involved and all those involved in this operation are working tirelessly to bring this to a safe conclusion for all."