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Thursday, 26 November 2015
Teenagers climb dangerous bridge to take perfect selfie in the clouds
Two men were spotted climbing a dangerous and unfinished bridge to take a perfect selfie in the clouds.
The men have sparked a police inquiry after their dangerous antics were put online.
They climbed the unfinished Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, in Istanbul, Turkey which is 320m tall.
Strict security at the bridge has been put in place to stop anyone climbing the tall structure as it is built.
But these two men were clearly able to climb to the top of one of the towers and use a selfie stick to record the moment on their phone.
The men are clinging on to the metal as they tip top above the clouds without the use of ropes or safety harnesses.
When the pictures and video went viral, Turkey's highway authority said in a statement that the pair identified as Pavel Smirnov and Ozcan Ipar, who are two free climbers, "likely" entered the site when staff were largely absent from the site.
The General Directorate of Highways, which oversees the construction of the bridge spanning the Bosporus, said in a written statement that a private company was tasked with providing security at the site.
It added "those responsible for the security breach in a place monitored by security cameras and personnel will be punished".
He did not say what action was planned against the two free climbers.
Construction of Istanbul's Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and the Northern Marmara Highway is reportedly close to completion.
The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge will unite the two sides of Turkey, and when completed it will become the widest in the world and the longest with a rail system.