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Man Gets Stuck In Giant Fan At California Vineyard For Two Days Before Finally Being Rescued

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An unnamed 38-year-old man was trapped inside a large fan for two days at a vineyard in Northern California before being rescued by firefighters.

According to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Facebook page, a deputy responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near a winery "in a location that made no sense."

You can see their post here:

They included a photo of said vehicle.

It was parked next to a large piece of vineyard equipment that turned out to be a fan.

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The deputy found a hat resting on the piece of farm equipment and then discovered the vehicle owner wedged inside the vineyard fan.

Vinyeard fans are used to circulate the air across vines to prevent grapes from freezing during the colder months.

The man who had climbed into the fan and got stuck for two days was extricated with the assistance of the fire department.

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Once inside, the man had no way to get out.

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A statement from the Sonoma Sheriff Department explained why "hide and seek is a two-player game, at a minimum."

The statement read:

"When interviewed, the man indicated he liked to take pictures of the engines of old farm equipment."
"After a thorough investigation which revealed the farm equipment wasn't antique and the man had far more methamphetamine than camera equipment, the motivation to climb into the fan shaft remains a total mystery."

Twitter did not hold back on its take of the bizarre incident.





The statement continued:

"We elected to not arrest him as he required medical treatment after his unintended multi-day stay in the fan shaft."
"The Sheriff's Office will be recommending charges of trespassing and drug possession, as well as violations of both his probation case and the pending case for which he is currently out of custody on pre-trial release."
"Lucky for this guy the citizen called in to report his vehicle, otherwise this story ends with a far more tragic outcome."

The man is expected to make a full recovery.

The Sheriff added, "and hopefully be wiser for the experience."