A man was rescued from the top of a palm tree in Encinitas, California, on Wednesday morning in what firefighters called a "rare incident." "Tree rescues are rare incidents for emergency responders," Battalion Chief Robert Ford said.
"The quick and safe actions by firefighters resulted in a successful rescue."
Just after 11am, emergency responders from the Encinitas, Solana Beach and Carlsbad fire departments found the man trapped in the palm tree, approximately 20 feet off the ground.
"Responders found the victim pinned underneath a large amount of dead palm fronds unable to move," Ford said.
Firefighters utilised an aerial ladder truck to reach the victim, securing him to the tree with a rope and safety belt as they removed the fronds.
The man, whom Ford said remained awake and alert during the rescue, was taken by paramedics to Scripps La Jolla Trauma Center for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries.
It is not known why the man was in the palm tree.