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Monk sunbathing on wind turbine captured by drone camera

A Benedictine monk, who works at a private Rhode Island school, was recently filmed during his routine attempt at solitude on top of a wind turbine. Brother Joseph Byron says he climbs the structure to enjoy the view.

Brother Joseph Byron often climbs wind turbine to enjoy the view

A Benedictine monk who works at a private Rhode Island school has discovered that finding solitude is no easy feat, even 53 metres in the air.

Brother Joseph Byron was recently relaxing atop the Portsmouth Abbey School's wind turbine — as he often does — when a drone zoomed in.

Video taken by the drone, owned by a Californian on vacation, shows Byron sprawled across the turbine's flat surface, with views of Narragansett Bay in the background. The footage was posted online this week.

Joseph Byron says he enjoys the view from atop the wind turbine at the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island. (Kevin Miller)

Byron said Friday that alumni he hadn't heard from in years are contacting him after seeing the video.

He says he found the drone interesting at first but was annoyed after it zoomed by a second time.

Byron says he climbs the turbine, which was installed in 2006, because he enjoys the view.

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