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Police code red caught Santa instead. Emergency Response Unit Delta’s party turned into a slight nightmare before Christmas for one team member. The event at the main police station, which has no chimney, was proceeding according to operational schedule:Winter weather.Santa in place on the 13-storey building’s roof.Presents in the sack.Delta personnel and their families and children waiting inside.Equipment checked and secured. But it was on the way down that this abseiling Santa encountered a hitch. His white cotton beard became snagged in the rope.

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Police code red caught Santa instead

Published on Sunday, 21st December, 2014 at 09:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock   .
Last Updated on 21st December 2014 at 10:34.

Emergency Response Unit Delta’s party turned into a slight nightmare before Christmas for one team member.

Oslo Police Station
Criminals are normally restrained here.Oslo Police Station
Photo: C. Hill/Wikimedia Commons


The event at the main police station, which has no chimney, was proceeding according to operational schedule:

  • Winter weather.
  • Santa in place on the 13-storey building’s roof.
  • Presents in the sack.
  • Delta personnel and their families and children waiting inside.
  • Equipment checked and secured.

But it was on the way down that this abseiling Santa encountered a hitch. His white cotton beard became snagged in the rope.

“The rappelling rope gets quite near the face as the body travels in towards it on the way down,” Ole Martin Mortvedt, editor of Politiforum explained to The Foreigner by phone.

There were still 8 to 10 floors to go at that point. This meant cutting himself loose was not an option.

Santa could not radio for assistance. The police helicopter was too small, and a brightly-coloured Sea King helicopter would have led to unwanted attention.

It was getting darker.              

The organizing committee began to grow concerned when the man in red did not appear on time.

A check through the windows revealed Santa’s rope in view.

“It didn’t take other Delta personnel long to scramble. They threw two other affixed ropes down to help him,” said Mr Mortvedt.

The man in red was then able to relieve his own rope of his weight and attach a new descender (friction hitch) onto the new rope.

Having freed himself, he then continued his journey down as planned.

A shorter-bearded Santa subsequently arrived at the Christmas party, spreading Christmas joy to beaming children and colleagues.

“Delta personnel are trained to be ready for all types of assignments, but abseiling with a cotton beard has not been part of the training…until now,” Ole Martin Mortvedt chuckled. “The youngest member of the team was volunteered for the assignment.”



Published on Sunday, 21st December, 2014 at 09:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock   .
Last updated on 21st December 2014 at 10:34.

This post has the following tags: oslo, norway, police, christmas, santaclaus.





  
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