Drunk Navy pilot spends six hours upside-down in a chimney after getting stuck during an officers’ drinking challenge
- Tommy Brownlee, 26, was taking part in a challenge after a Navy officers’ ball
- The dare involves going up one chimney and then going back down another
- But he got stuck on way down and had to be rescued by specialist fire crews
Published: 19:11 EDT, 24 June 2019 | Updated: 03:16 EDT, 25 June 2019
A Naval officer spent six hours upside-down in a chimney after getting stuck after a drinking challenge.
Tommy Brownlee, 26, was taking part in the Chimney Challenge – which involves climbing up one flue, crawling along a roof space, and then going back down another to win free drinks.
But the lieutenant got stuck on the way down and was left the wrong way up, forcing firefighters and specialist rescue teams to come out to rescue him at the Royal Navy Air Station in Yeovilton, Somerset.
Tommy Brownlee, 26, was seen being wheeled away by rescuers after getting stuck inside a chimney for six hours
Emergency services at the Royal Navy Air Station in Yeovilton, Somerset
‘It’s an annual initiation the officers do where they climb up one chimney and down into the bar,’ a source told forces Facebook page Fill Your Boots.
‘Only this time the guy got stuck and ended up p*****g and puking all over himself while stuck upside down.’
Pictures showed the pilot looking dazed as he was wheeled away on a medical stretcher after first going up the chimney in the early hours of Sunday morning.
It is not clear whether the lieutenant can expect any kind of punishment.
RNAS Yeovilton is one of the busiest military airfields in the UK with more than 100 aircraft.
The site stretches over 1,400 acres and is home to some 4,300 personnel.
A Royal Navy spokesman said: ‘We are grateful for the assistance of the specialist rescue teams in resolving this matter.
‘It is now being handled through the Chain of Command.’
RNAS Yeovilton (seen in a file photo) is one of the busiest military airfields in the UK with more than 100 aircraft