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Photo-Op Ties Up Bridge Traffic for Hours

Vancouver Police have arrested two men in their 20s and are recommending charges after they climbed the Lions Gate Bridge this morning and snarled traffic for a photo-op. The men are visiting from Washington State.

Motorists crossing the Lions Gate Bridge around 8:30 a.m. called 9-1-1 after seeing a man, wearing a headlamp and carrying a large backpack, climb over the railing and pull himself up the guy-wires 50 to 70 feet above the bridge deck.

When officers arrived, they could not see the man from the bridge deck. The Emergency Response Team’s high-angle rescue specialists were deployed to search the enclosed pathways and the guy-wire systems on the bridge.

The two men were taken into police custody and their camera equipment was seized, after they were seen scaling down the guy-wires to the bridge deck.

There is no additional information to share at this time.