A California man climbed inside a large fan on a vineyard and was stuck there for two days until rescuers found him there. He had a bag of methamphetamine on him, local police said.
The Sonoma County sheriff’s office said the 38-year-old man was discovered Tuesday by a police officer responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle parked outside a Santa Rosa winery. After noticing a hat on the farm equipment, the deputy looked inside and found the man trapped in a fan.
When asked why he decided to enter the vineyard fan shaft, the man “indicated that he liked to take pictures of old farm equipment engines,” the statement said. But the equipment on the farm was not antique, and the man had drugs on him. “The motivation for climbing into the fan shaft remains a complete mystery,” the sheriff’s office said.
The hapless photographer required medical attention, but is expected to recover. He will be charged with trespassing and possession of narcotics, as well as violating the terms of his probation. The guy was lucky, as he could have died in the trap.
Vineyard fans are used to circulate air through the vines to keep the grapes from freezing during the cold months.