A California man has been rescued after Police responded to reports of “a faint voice calling for help” from the Chinese restaurant located in San Francisco area. Officers arrived to find the man stuck inside the metal rooftop grease vent, when found he was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration. It took firefighters under an hour to free the man, who was taken to the hospital to get checked out.
The man, who has yet to be identified, is said to have possibly been trespassing in attempt to burglarize the vacant restaurant, according to police.
An investigation is ongoing to see whether or not the 29-year-old was there to steal or vandalize the property.
“First off we can confirm this man was not Santa Claus and did not have legal authority to be here,” said Alameda County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly.
The man was unable to move despite being covered in grease, the Alameda County Sheriff’s office said in a statement. Adding that they are “very thankful” to the firefighters “for saving this man”, who “would not have survived another day given the circumstances”.
The man is expected to make a full recovery, the charges the 29-year-old will face are unknown at the time.