Rescuing for dummies.
California emergency services were flabbergasted after attempting to save a “woman” dangling precariously from a cliff in Santa Barbara — only to discover that it was actually a mannequin movie prop.
The literal cliffhanger occurred October 4 after a passerby on the beach called 911 at 3:49 p.m. to report a person hanging 30 feet “down a cliff above Hope Ranch Beach,” the Santa Barbara County Fire Department reported.
Rescue agencies responded by dispatching a full force of utility terrain vehicles, fire engines, trucks and even a drone to the scene.
However, in place of a woman in peril, the responders found a realistic dummy from a film shoot that had occurred several days earlier, per the report.
Suffice it to say, social media had a field day with the doll-ppelganger gaffe.
And one virtual screenwriter gave their thoughts on how the scenario should’ve played out in a hypothetical film. “Oh she’s gonna fall… everyone looks down at her assumed point of impact,” the harrowing tale begins.
“But NO!” it continues. “She’s miraculously grabbed ahold of a tree down below with amazing grip strength and is holding tight!! She gets rescued by a crash test dummy. They kiss as the credits roll. The end.”
While the situation proved a hilarious false alarm, the fire department reiterated that it’s always “better to call  than not,” they wrote.
This isn’t the first time first responders have responded to the scene of a “dummy in distress.” This past June, emergency rescue divers in Japan were flummoxed after a “drowning woman” turned out to be a floating, life-size sex doll.