Two men who scaled Golden Gate Bridge in early April have caught the attention of authorities, after they posted a video of their antics on YouTube last week.
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District sent out a news release Tuesday, describing the incident. The men — identified by the LA Times as Peter Teatime and Tommy Rector — apparently began their climb from the west sidewalk, which is generally used for cyclists and maintenance vehicles. In the video, one man can be spotted sidestepping a gate in the Marin Headlands, which may have been their access point to the bridge.
The duo climbed vertical suspender ropes to access the main cable, which they then walked along to the north tower, where they performed a number of insane antics that can be seen in the video below. No security alarms were triggered, and so the bridge’s patrol team were not aware of the incident when it was occurring.
According to authorities, the bridge was not damaged by the climbers, but the fact that this was able to occur at all — without anyone finding out about it for more than a month — is definitely a concern.
While it may have just seemed like a fun (if daring) activity for two individuals, the consequences of such an adventure are pretty significant. Homeland Security has hopped on the investigation, along with the California Highway Patrol.
“There was a similar trespassing incident Golden Gate Bridge approximately four years ago,” states Priya David Cameron, spokesperson for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. “When the investigation was completed, our federal partners placed the individual on a Do Not Fly list, which resulted in that person losing their job.”
The video is slowly drawing attention, but it does come with a caveat from one of the filmmakers.
“Please do not attempt this yourself!!!” reads a comment on the video by Teatime. “You will get caught, I am in contact with authorities to make sure people wont climb this bridge!”