Rescue teams recently rushed to the aid of a woman who looked like she was clinging onto a cliff face in California, only to be faced with an unexpected discovery.
The emergency call was made and a multiagency response was rolled out to try and save the woman. But when firefighters got closer they realised that it wasn't a real person at all. Awkward...
The figure - which was hanging on to the rockface at Hope Ranch Beach, Santa Barbara, CA - turned out to be a mannequin from a recent movie shoot.
According to reports, filming had taken place and the doll had been left behind... by someone who clearly wanted to cause mass panic.
Taking to Twitter, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department's public information officer Daniel Bertucelli said: "At 3:49, SBC rec'd reports of a medical 30 feet down cliff above Hope Ranch Beach.
"Multi agency response with UTV's, Drone, Engines and Truck. Ended up being a mannequin from movie shoot days earlier. Passerby's on the beach noticed and called. Better to call than not!"
At 3:49, SBC rec'd reports of a medical 30 feet down cliff above Hope Ranch Beach. Multi agency response with UTV's, Drone, Engines and Truck. Ended up being a mannequin from movie shoot days earlier. Passerby's on the beach noticed and called. Better to call than not! pic.twitter.com/4QAjapkq8U
- Daniel Bertucelli (@SBCFireInfo) October 4, 2021
Commenting on the post, people asked whether the production company that was filming would suffer any consequences as a result of the mannequin being left behind.
One wrote: "Not at all cool. The probable adults who found this funny knowing people would be risking their lives in a chopper need fined huge if they can find them. It's not cheap what it costs to save people."
Another added: "Curious if there were any consequences (hopefully massive financial ones) to the party or organization who left the mannequin there?"
And a third commented: "Pick up your trash movie set people."
In another panic-fuelled scenario, firefighters rushed to save a dead body in a river only to find that it was just a man who thought it was a good idea to take a 'nap'.
Earlier this year the fella was spotted in the Arkansas River before rescuers from Tulsa Fire, Tulsa Police and the Emergency Medical Services of Arkansas (EMSA) all went out to help.
Tulsa Fire Department tweeted, saying: "TFD, @TulsaPolice & @EMSAOK responded to reports of 'a body in the river.' We launched a boat and discovered that the man was just laying in the water.
"The river is low, but still potentially dangerous in areas. Please stay safe and find alternate ways to stay cool!"
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