(SAN DIEGO) — A hot air balloon landed in the ocean near San Diego Sunday, but nobody was injured.
The incident happened at about 6:30 p.m., near sunset off the coast of Cardiff in San Diego County — with the balloon flying low before landing in the water.
Crowds gathered on the shoreline as emergency officials reached the scene.
Matt Lawson, who witnessed the incident, said nearby surfers rushed to help.
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“We all just thought that, you know, they were just having some fun, just getting their passengers close to the water,” Lawson said. “Someone dropped a rope out of the balloon, and all of the surfers started piling over.”
Lifeguards and paramedics checked all of the passengers aboard the hot air balloon, authorities said.
“No injuries, everyone just got wet,” dispatchers with North Comm Emergency reported.
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