05/06/2014 07:42 BST | Updated 05/06/2014 07:59 BST

Think Your Commute Is Bad? Watch How These French Lighthouse Keepers Change Shifts (VIDEO)

Isolated out at sea, the Kéréon lighthouse in the Iroise was the last lighthouse of its kind to be automated, in 2004.

Before then? There was only one way for keepers to get on - and off - it.

Check out this clip - from the French documentary 'He Was A Lighthouse' - to see what that was.

Turns out you don't just need engineering skills, the ability to enjoy your own company and a love of Fraggles to be a lighthouse keeper. You also need a strong stomach for sea waves and a head for heights...

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