Napa Valley in Northern California the heart of the state’s wine-growing region, attracting tourists from far and wide. Unfortunately one native son seems to have indulged in too much of the local product (and who knows what else), and found himself stuck inside a vent shaft without his clothes on. Emergency crews eventually had to demolish part of the building to rescue 48-year-old Robert Turbidy.
According to the Napa Valley Register, maintenance workers outside the Togo's/Baskin-Robbins building in the town of Napa heard someone shouting, "Help me, help me" around 8 in the morning Tuesday. It was Turbidy, who had drunkenly scaled the building the previous night and tried to climb down into what he told officers he thought was a “wishing well.” He lowered himself down into the crawlspace with a makeshift rope, which broke, stranding him in an area measuring not much more than a foot square, according to Napa Fire Department Battalion Chief Charlie Rhodes. It is surmised that he was still wearing his clothes during his descent, but at the time of his rescue he was buck-naked.
Firefighters had to smash through the business’ exterior wall in order to free Turbidy, who they found curled up in a fetal position. According to Rhodes, "He was very relieved. He said he had been there for about eight hours." CBS San Francisco reports Turbidy was taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries. After his release from the hospital, he will be booked into Napa County Jail for burglary and violating his probation terms. His prior arrest record is not known at this time.
[Photo: Napa Police Department]