Trains across Surrey were delayed today after a man got stuck up a tree next to a railway line.
Yes, really. We’re not joking.
He was trying to retrieve his drone from the railway line when he got stuck, and had to be rescued by emergency services.
It meant trains heading into and from Brighton were delayed by around 10 minutes, according to Southern Rail.
Network Rail urged people to not fly their drones around the line.
They tweeted: ‘This man needed rescuing after he got stuck recovering his drone from the railway in Brighton just now, delaying @SouthernRailUK passengers.
‘Please, don’t fly your UAVs around the line. Thanks to @BTPSouthEast and @EastSussexFRS for their help.’
Southern Rail also took to Twitter to share their amazement.
They wrote: ‘Due to a member of public getting stuck up a tree next to the railway line in #Brighton today (we’re not joking), services to and from this station may be delayed by up to 10 mins.’
Replying to a member of public on Twitter who asked if the tree was OK, Southern replied: ‘It’s suing for leaveious bodily harm.’
Another Twitter user wrote: ‘You couldn’t make it up, hope someone gave them a serious chat about their conduct.’
While one stunned person added: ‘I had to read this tweet twice as I thought you lot were taking the p**s, but no. Bloke stuck up a tree delays trains! Superb.’