SAN DIEGO - A Chargers fan who tried to save time by taking a shortcut to Qualcomm Stadium ended up missing the first quarter of the game Monday night.
The man, whose name was not release, was apparently in a rush to get to the Chargers' game against the Chicago Bears, so he decided to cut across the San Diego River to get to the stadium faster.
The man quickly became tangled in an impenetrable patch of pampas grass and couldn't advance or retreat. As it became darker, he lost hope and called 911 on his cell phone.
A fire department helicopter located the man in the dark using infrared equipment to detect his body heat. A crew of about a dozen firefighters shined a flood light from the ladder of a fire truck to illuminate the area. They used chainsaws to cut a path through the dense vegetation and eventually freed the trapped fan.
The man was clearly embarrassed and avoided questions from reporters. He made it to his seat sometime during the second quarter.
It was not immediately clear if he would be billed for the rescue operation.