Man climbs roller coaster swept into ocean during US superstorm, unfurls flag, is detained
A flag waves from the top of the Jet Star Roller Coaster in Seaside Heights, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP / Julio Cortez)
Published Tuesday, January 8, 2013 11:52AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 8, 2013 4:48PM EST
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - Police have detained a man who apparently climbed the New Jersey roller coaster that was swept into the ocean during Superstorm Sandy and unfurled an American flag.
The man came down from the top of the coaster and jumped into a police boat Tuesday. He was handcuffed, walked through the surf and was escorted to a police car on the beach in Seaside Heights.
News 12-New Jersey says Christopher Angelo told the channel he wanted to raise awareness for storm recovery.
Angelo's mother says her 38-year-old son is a bit of a daredevil.
The remnants of the Jet Star Roller Coaster have become an iconic image of the October storm that ravaged the New Jersey and New York coast.