MORRO BAY, Calif. -- A man who had to be rescued after scaling California's famed Morro Rock to propose to his girlfriend through cellphone video says he might not have made it to the top, but the proposal was a success.
Michael Banks of Fresno tells KCOY-TV he didn't realize scaling the Central Coast volcanic promontory was illegal and he didn't understand why so many emergency responders were dispatched.
A helicopter plucked Banks from the so-called Gibraltar of the Pacific on Thursday after he got stuck on a ledge. Banks says given the chance, he would do it again, because the woman who is now his fiancee deserved a one-of-a-kind proposal.
Afterward, Banks was arrested for allegedly being under the influence of methamphetamine. He blamed medication he takes for post-traumatic stress disorder.[[375060181, C]]