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Man Arrested After Climbing Sandy-Submerged Coaster to Plant Flag

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By HVnews on January 8, 2013

Superstorm Roller Coaster
(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The Jet Star, Seaside Heights’ famed roller coaster, became the touchstone image of Superstorm Sandy’s devastating wrath a few months ago.

On Tuesday morning, 38-year-old Christopher Angulo rowed out to the still-submerged Jet Star coaster, where he then climbed to the top and planted an American flag in efforts to raise awareness for shore recovery.

Sandy Flag Plant

Angulo, owner of a local tree trimming service who has extensive experience climbing trees, called a local New Jersey radio station to offer his motivation behind the act, WABC TV reports.

“It looks so bare without a flag. I’m going to try to stay a couple days. I have no weapons, if the police get involved. I have a pair of scissors, that’s it.”

After the stunt, he proceeded to walk from the top of the coaster down into an awaiting police boat, where he was handcuffed, charged with disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Sandy Flag Coaster

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