Video of rescue of illegal climber n Morro Rock today with CHP helicopter and MBFD Fire Captain. pic.twitter.com/zEFxW0xOIM— Morro Bay Fire (@MorroBayFire) April 7, 2016
A 27-year-old man from Fresno nearly died trying to propose to his girlfriend on FaceTime when he scaled the southern side of the 581-foot high Morro Rock, off California’s Central Coast, on Thursday.
Michael Banks decided to use some spectacular views in his FaceTime proposal to his long-time girlfriend. She said yes.
On his journey back down, he decided to take a different, steeper trail and ended up stranded on a sheer ledge. A witness heard his cries for help around 8:30 a.m. and called 911.
Illegal climber rescued off Morro Bay by CHP helicopter & MBFD personnel. Assisted by SLO County Fire, Harbor, USCG pic.twitter.com/8nJ4nB9FhE— Morro Bay Fire (@MorroBayFire) April 7, 2016
He was rescued shortly after with no injuries, but he will be facing a seriously expensive bill for the helicopter ride (which could run up to thousands of dollars) as well as trespassing charges, since the rock was previously deemed too dangerous to climb and it is off-limits.
He was also arrested under suspicion of being under the influence and in possession of methamphetamine, according to The Huffington Post. He was able to post a $10,000 bond on Friday morning.
“We are glad all involved are OK, and appreciate the hard work of our first responders. Climbing Morro Rock is illegal and dangerous,” The City of Morro Bay said in a statement to ABC News. “We hope folks will choose to view it from below, saving themselves and our fire responders time and money and protecting everyone’s safety.”
This guy won’t be forgetting this proposal anytime soon!
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