- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities rescued 17 passengers and the pilot of a hot air balloon who were stranded in wetlands between Napa and Vallejo.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat (https://bit.ly/1NyiBPO ) reports Tuesday that the grounded balloon was first spotted about 7 a.m. about three miles south of the Napa Airport by a California Highway Patrol airplane.

No one was injured.

CHP crews contacted the balloon’s pilot by radio and informed him that ground vehicles could not reach the area, the newspaper reported.

Cal Fire Capt. Will Schunk says the airplane crew called in a CHP chopper. The chopper crew removed passengers in groups and flew them to the southern end of Milton Road along the Napa River.

What caused the balloon to ground was not immediately clear.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com


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