Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Courtesy of David R.
If you think YOU'RE having a bad day...
Fire authorities in California found a corpse in a burnt out section of
forest while assessing the damage done by a forest fire. The deceased
male was dressed in a full wetsuit, complete with a dive tank, flippers
and face mask. A post-mortem examination revealed that the person died
not from burns but from massive internal injuries. Dental records
provided a positive identification.
Investigators then set about determining 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
kilometers away from the forest. The firefighters, seeking to control
the fire as quickly as possible, called in a fleet of helicopters with
very large buckets. The buckets were dropped into the ocean for rapid
filling, 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 a breaststroke in a fire bucket 300m in
the air. Apparently, he extinguished exactly 1.78m (5'10") of the fire.
Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed!!!!!