Lompoc firefighters undertook a unique rescue from a tree Saturday morning, but their victim didn’t have four legs, a tail or meow.
At approximately 11 a.m., the department’s 75-foot ladder truck was dispatched to Ryon Memorial Park on a report of a man stuck in a tree at the park off West Ocean Avenue.
“The man found himself stuck after trying to rescue his stuck drone,” firefighters posted on social media.
The man was stuck approximately 50 feet above the ground, Battalion Chief Chuck Ruda said, adding the climber had makeshift climbing gear but had run out of rope.
The drone was about another 50 feet higher in the pine tree, he added.
Without help, the man likely would not have been able to safely get back on the ground.
“He would have come down the hard way,” Ruda said.
The man, who was in late 40s or early 50s, was brought down safely without injury, according to firefighters.
The drone remained trapped in the tree, however.
Firefighters routinely get calls to help free a cat stuck in a tree or utility pole, but rarely do they have to rescue an adult human in such a predicament.