Washington residents can drive onto ocean beaches just about whenever they want. Few would actually drive into the ocean.
That wasn’t the case for a man in California on Thursday when he drove onto an ocean jetty, presumably to get a closer look at the raging surf.
He got a close look alright.
In a jaw-dropping video, the man can be seen slowly driving his Nissan pickup onto the Humboldt Bay north jetty near Eureka, California.
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Huge waves soon begin to push the pickup around. The man gets out of the truck to assess the situation. Soon, he, too, is engulfed by waves.
Eventually, a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter swoops in and drops a rescuer.
The Coast Guardsman harnessed up the hapless driver, and both were flown to safety. The man was reported to be uninjured.