(SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J.) — New Jersey police arrested a man on Tuesday who scaled an iconic Jersey shore roller coaster that was swept out to sea following Superstorm Sandy, and planted an American flag.
News 12-New Jersey identified the man as Christopher Angelo, 38, who told the station he was trying to raise awareness for victims of the storm.
A police boat met Angelo as he walked to the bottom of the coaster. The boat brought him ashore, where he was handcuffed and arrested.
The Jet Star, already a Jersey shore landmark made popular by the MTV reality show Jersey Shore, gained new fame when it was tossed into the sea during the storm.
Last week, Congress passed a $9 billion relief package for East Coast areas affected by the storm, after the House balked on voting for a $60 billion aid bill.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire
Ray Sanchez, CNN Newswire