Hot air balloon with three newly engaged couples on board caught in trees in Melbourne



December 21, 2018 11:37:31

A hot air balloon which landed in trees in Melbourne’s north this morning was transporting three couples who got engaged while floating above Melbourne.

“There was too much emotion for one balloon,” joked Brendan O’Loughlin, who proposed to partner Emma Govan while hovering above the city.

The balloon got caught in trees while trying to land by the Karingal Yallock Creek in Eltham North, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, just before 7:30am.

The basket of the balloon hit the ground safely and no-one was injured, but Mr O’Loughlin said the trees “ripped a few holes in the balloon”.

Five crews from the local CFA attended the incident in the Ramptons Road Reserve, using chainsaws to help untangle the balloon from the branches.

Crews from the MFB and SES were also called to the scene.

Far from being a near-death experience, Mr O’Loughlin said the landing was relatively smooth.

“The take-off was scarier than the landing,” he said.

He was one of three people to propose to their partners during the dawn ride, though he said it was only once the balloon landed that they realised the other couples had also gotten engaged high above the city.

“It must be a popular thing to do,” he said.








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