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Man who got stuck on rocks after proposing to girlfriend gets arrested for having marijuana

By Mason White 5:15 PM April 10, 2016
Michael John Paul Banks 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A man’s day started out great, but ended in disappointment as he was arrested for drug possession.

27-year-old Michael John Paul Banks climbed to the top of the Morro Rock Volcanic plug to propose to his girlfriend.

He proposed via Facetime and she said “yes.” However, on his way down, he slipped. Banks held on to a small stone and screamed for help.

Passersby spotted him and called police. The Morro Bay fire department used a rescue helicopter to get to Banks.

They wrapped Banks in a harness to remove him from the steep part of the rock.

A video of the rescue was posted online. Banks will have to pay the cost of his rescue, which totaled thousands of dollars.

Climbing Morro Rock is illegal and dangerous. Firefighters said that in the past year, four people have died while climbing the rocks despite warnings not to go up.

After Banks was rescued, it was determined that he was under the influence of drugs, and he was found in possession of marijuana.

Banks was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail.