Screams for help led deputies down a creek bed to find a man stuck inside the hollow trunk of a standing tree Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Deputies discovered the man trapped at about 10:30 a.m. after receiving reports of someone screaming and then conducting a patrol check near Los Alisos Boulevard and Paseo de Valenica, said Lt. Roland Chacon of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
"Part of his body is underground as well," Chacon said.
Firefighters and deputies said they are not sure why, but the man climbed into a narrow hole located near the base of the tree. The hole led inside the hollow tree trunk and about four or five feet underground, said Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion of the Orange County Fire Authority.
It took firefighters about 90 minutes to get the necessary equipment and safely cut through the branches of the tree to free the man from inside, he said.
The only body parts visible outside the tree truck were the man's head and arms, he said. Part of the body was underground.
Firefighters were also called for a mental health check.
"Why he's in a tree, I have no idea," Concepcion said.
The man was freed just after noon and was being checked for injuries, Chacon said.
OC Register: Screams lead to man stuck inside tree in creek bed