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Man who climbed into hollow tree trunk gets stuck, then rescued

October 25, 2011 |  2:19 pm

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A public service announcement from L.A. Now: If you think you might not fit into something, don't try it.

Earlier, we posted a story out of the Bay Area, where a guy was stuck for nine hours in a park's baby swing. He squeezed into it on a $100 bet.

And now, the Orange County Register is reporting that firefighters Tuesday morning rescued a man stuck inside the hollow trunk of a tree.

Orange County Fire Authority Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion said the man climbed into a hole in a tree, which led to a hollow trunk 4 to 5 feet underground.

"Why he's in a tree, I have no idea," Concepcion told the Register.

Capt. Mark Stone told The Times that when emergency crews arrived to the Laguna Hills creek bed, the man's head was sticking out of the tree. It was unclear how long he had been stuck, Stone said, but his screams caught the attention of passers-by, who alerted deputies.

The man was not injured, but the tree suffered a few cuts.

"We had to bring in our heavy equipment guys," Stone said. "We had to chip away at the tree."


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Photo: Man stuck inside hollowed-out tree. Photo: Orange County Fire Authority.