Marriage proposal leads to cliff rescue in central California

Marriage proposal leads to cliff rescue in central California

A man climbed a California cliff to impress and propose to his girlfriend, but the situation turned awkward and dangerous when he became stranded on a thin ledge nearly 150 feet above the ground.

Michael Banks, 27, climbed to the top of the Morro Rock Thursday morning to propose to his girlfriend via a cell phone. His girlfriend said yes to his proposal for marriage, but he got stuck on the way down.

He started screaming for help, and luckily managed to alert people at the base of the cliff. The people alerted the California Highway Patrol (CHP). A rescue team from the CHP used a helicopter to hoist Banks off the cliff.

Morro Bay Fire Chief Steve Knuckles said, “Banks took a different trail down, much steeper and became stranded, said Capt. He couldn’t go any direction, on a sheer ledge, with his feet dangling 80 feet off the ground … [The man] had a few scratches and bruises but was otherwise unharmed.”

After being rescued, the man was taken into custody on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine. Police said that he was acting erratically and a test revealed that he was high on methamphetamine.

Morro Rock is more than 600 feet landmark just offshore from the community of Morro Bay in California. Climbing this steep rock is banned, but many people often ignore the ban, and there have been a number of fatal falls over the years.

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