On Thursday morning, a 27-year-old man scaled a 600-foot high cliff in Morro Bay, Calif., to propose to his girlfriend who was watching him via Apple’s FaceTime app. Though the woman said yes, the man’s endeavor ended in an emergency rescue.
Local authorities explained that Morro Cliff is too steep to be scaled. But there have been many trespassers and a handful of fatal falls. The man, Michael Banks, however, was more fortunate: he was rescued after getting stuck on the rock.
Capt. Todd Gailey of the Morro Bay fire department said that Banks took a more dangerous trail on his way down. At that moment, he got stuck 80 feet above the ground. An emergency crew and a helicopter plucked him from his spot and flew him back to safety.
Rescue crew members said they found the man stranded on a ‘sheer ledge,’ unable to move in any direction. They had to call for a helicopter and engage in a risky operation. Gailey descended on a cable and grabbed Banks while the helicopter’s blades were whipping dangerously close to the cliff.
Gailey recalls that the man kept his cool during the operation but he also seemed “a little unnerved.” Banks could now be ticketed for the rescue and for climbing on Morro Rock, which is associated with several deaths over the years.
Fortunately for Banks, he was unharmed. Authorities said that he will get billed for the helicopter flight. Gailey also said that the man did not comment on his choice of place for the marriage proposal. Nevertheless, authorities recommend residents to pick a setting for such events, where they are not at risk of falling off a cliff.
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Authorities have evacuated at least eight homes in Morro Bay because of a ‘large gas main leak.’ Two streets were closed and drivers asked to find alternative routes. Residents were briefed on the leak via Facebook on Thursday.
As of now, authorities don’t know what caused the leak on the Greenwood Avenue or whether there was someone injured. They said they will keep the public informed as soon as they have access to more info.
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