A man who had to be rescued after scaling a California cliff to propose to his girlfriend through cellphone video says he might not have made it to the top, but the proposal was a success.

Michael Banks of Fresno tells KEYT-TV (http://bit.ly/1VicJwN ) he didn't realize scaling Morro Rock was illegal and he didn't understand why so many emergency responders were dispatched to get him.

A helicopter plucked Banks from the cliff Thursday after he got stuck on a narrow ledge.

Banks says given the chance, he would do it again, because the woman who is now his fiance deserved a one-of-a-kind proposal.

After the rescue Banks was arrested for allegedly being under the influence of methamphetamine. He blamed medication he takes for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Information from: KEYT-TV, http://www.keyt.com/