A 'gee-eyed' Irish backpacker had to be rescued from a Darwin rooftop yesterday.

A 'gee-eyed' Irish backpacker had to be rescued from a Darwin rooftop yesterday.

The man was found sleeping on the roof of a building in Darwin's CBD and was rescued by emergency services with a long ladder, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The man said he had no idea how he'd ended up on the roof, but Senior Sergeant Garry Smith of Northern Territory Police said on Facebook that it wasn't entirely out of the ordinary for the area.

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"Every now and again we respond to community calls for assistance that do not always make total sense," he wrote.

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"Like this morning, the NT Fire and Rescue Service called out to (no not a kitty cat stuck up a tree) a backpacker stuck up on a roof after the 'Gee-Eyed' male decided this was a good place for a 'kip'."

He told AAP "gee-eyed" was "Irish slang for blind drunk, basically".

Following the rescue, the backpacker was issued with a public mischief infringement notice and sent on his way.

"You've got to roll your eyes, but also what do you do, it's just part of Darwin," Smith said.

- nzherald.co.nz