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Hot Air Balloon Rescue: Romantic Proposal Goes Wrong But Gets a 'Yes'

By    |   Monday, 06 Oct 2014 04:30 PM

A man proposing to his girlfriend in a hot air balloon may have had romance on his mind, but the couple ended up being rescued after the balloon became stranded over water off the California coast.

Eric Barretto got a “yes” to his proposal just moments before the hot air balloon dipped down into the waves near Cardiff-by-the-Sea, KNSD-TV reported.

“My fiancée and I were getting engaged up there and the next thing you know, the balloon was veering off towards the water, and couldn’t get our way back to land,” Barretto told the station. “The air up there was just sort of stagnant, we were just going straight down. No matter what the pilot tried, we couldn’t go back this way.”

The balloon pilot, identified only as Tim with Panda Air Bear Balloon Flights, told KNSD that he thought the best thing to do was get the balloon to the surf and have the water push it in. The retired Marine pilot said that in 12 years of flying, this had never happened to him.

Surfers and people on the beach grabbed a rope and helped pull the balloon in.

"It's unforgettable. That's all I can say," Barretto told KNSD. "I don't know if we'll do it again."

Encinitas Marine Safety Capt. Larry Giles told The Associated Press that the balloon went into the surf and was hit by several waves.

"Between the lifeguards and the bystanders in the water, the surfers here at Cardiff reef, everyone did a great job and they got the balloon back up onto the beach without injury," Giles said.

The Stand Up Journal posted video taken of the hot air balloon dropping into the surf.

On the video, a woman asks a man, "Have you ever been in a hot air balloon?"

"No," he answered.

"Do you ever want to go in one?"

"No."

The video clearly showed stand-up paddlers, surfers, and others helping the balloon to shore.



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