Wednesday, May 03, 2006

And you thought you were having a bad day

ScubaFire authorities in California found a corpse in a burned out section of forest while assessing the damage done by a forest fire. The deceased male was dressed in a full wet suit, complete with scuba tanks on his back, flippers, and facemask. A post-mortem revealed that the person died not from burns, but from massive internal injuries.

Dental records provided a positive identification. Investigators then set about to determine how a fully clad diver ended up in the middle of a forest fire. It was revealed that on the day of the fire, the person went for a diving trip off the coast some 20 miles from the forest. The firefighters, seeking to control the fire as quickly as possible, called in a fleet of helicopters with very large dip buckets. Water was dipped from the ocean and then flown to the forest fire and emptied.

You guessed it. One minute our diver was making like Flipper in the Pacific, the next he was doing the breaststroke in a fire dip bucket 300 feet in the air. Apparently he extinguished exactly 5'10" of the fire. Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed.

This article was taken from the California Examiner, March 20, 1998.



Anonymous said...

This is obviously a hoax.

Anonymous said...

It is an hoax. The people working on those planes have said that the holes are too small for a person to get sucked in the tank of the airplane.

Fella said...

I was going to mention the CSI episode based on this, I knew it as I watched the episode, but the snopes has this additional trivia.

That's when I decided to start writing CSI episodes in my head. There's one about a giant kitty cat in my head.