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article imageDeputies free California man stuck inside tree trunk

By Leigh Goessl     Oct 26, 2011 in Lifestyle
Laguna Hills - The Orange County Sheriff's department handled an unique type of rescue on Tuesday when they discovered a man had gotten himself stuck inside of a hollow tree trunk.
Yesterday morning screams calling for help led authorities to find the man after the department received reports that someone was screaming down by the creek.
According to the Orange County Register, "Deputies discovered the man trapped at about 10:30 a.m. after receiving reports of someone screaming and then conducting a patrol check near Los Alisos Boulevard and Paseo de Valenica, said Lt. Roland Chacon of the Orange County Sheriff's Department."
Authorities say the man had climbed up into a narrow hole and the opening went four to five feet underground. The man's arms and head were sticking out, but the rest of his body was below ground level. It took responders 90 minutes to free the man from the tree. The rescue process entailed cutting through branches.
Earlier this week a 21-year-old unidentified man got himself stuck inside a baby swing at a Vallejo, Calif., park. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, authorities came to the rescue of a man who made a $100 bet with his buddies he could fit in the child's swing. The man succeeded, after using laundry detergent as a lubricant.
Once sitting in the swing, the man's legs swelled and he could not get out. As a result the man spent the night swinging alone in the park since his friends abandoned him. Nine hours later, the man was rescued by the Vallejo Fire Department when his cries were heard at 6 a.m. by a groundskeeper. No serious injuries were sustained and no one knows whether or not the man got his $100.
While the motive for the man stuck in swing is known, authorities have no idea why the man in the tree shimmied into the hollowed section of the tree.
"Why he's in a tree, I have no idea," Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion, of the Orange County Fire Authority, told the Orange County Register.
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