There are certain things one doesn’t want to discover while underwater–skeletons probably top that list.
One man was snorkeling about 40 feet underwater in the Colorado River on Monday (May 4) when he encountered a creepy scene–two skeletons sitting in lawn chairs that were attached to large rocks.
He reported the finding to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, and authorities began investigating…only to find out that the skeletons were actually fake, much to the man’s embarrassment.
The Office has dubbed it “a tea party,” according to AOL News.
A Buckskin Fire Department diver captured images of the skeletons using a video camera attached to his head: both skeletons are in sunglasses, with one holding a partly-illegible sign with the words “Bernie” and “dream in the river” written on it.
The skeletons may be an ode to Weekend at Bernie‘s; in the film, the two main characters drag their boss’ corpse around for several days, losing it more than once in the process.
Lt. Curtis Bagby said there’s no need for an investigation to find out which prankster planted the skeletons there.
“I don’t think they were trying to set up anything to scare anyone. I think they were gonna try to be funny,” he said. “Things happen. We go all the time to false alarms. That’s just a first-responder’s life. We’re trying not to be overly concerned about it, not make too big a deal out of it.”
The Office does plan on sending divers to remove the skeletons, though. Lt. Bagby is even contemplating a place of honor for them outside the sheriff’s office as a private joke.
However, that doesn’t mean he’s encouraging anyone to pull something like this.
“We like to show some things that are fun, some levity too. But in the meantime, don’t think it’s OK to go put something there,” he said.