LEE COUNTY, Fla.- More details are becoming clear about the man who died while scaling a tower in Bonita Springs, and about the type of job few people would dare to do. Rescue crews recovered Nick Rouskey's body from the tower late Monday, after trying to get to him for hours.
The tower is 714 feet tall, relatively short by some standards for those familiar with these types of structures. Nick Rouskey was near the top when he was found, unresponsive. Those who knew him say he knew what he was doing and that he was a true professional, but the job is definitely not one for the faint of heart.
To a bystander, the 714-foot tower off Old 41 may seem tall, but experts in the field say it's about half the size of the tallest tower in the area. Some of the taller towers, those nearing 1,500 feet, were designed with elevators, but the one Rouskey was climbing was not.
WINK News spoke with friends and relatives who knew both Rouskey and the type of work he does. The electrician was climbing the tower to change a light bulb, when something went wrong, although exactly what happened, is still not clear.
It's a job that requires physicality, knowledge and skill, and that's what made rescuing Rouskey a unique challenge.
Rouskey was alone on the tower, but his grandson was on the ground operating a pulley system.
His body has been taken to the medical examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.