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Laughing German triggers emergency rescue

A police car and rescue helicopter were called in to save a screaming man in a German forest, but it turned out that the man was in fact screaming with laughter.

A woman on a ladder sorts books arranged on a very high wall

The search is on: even his rescuers want to know what the man was reading

If you hear someone screaming in a forest, it's probably best to dial the local emergency hotline and do your civic duty.

That's what a German woman thought she was doing after hearing a man screaming in his car in a forest in Elmstein, a town in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

A police car and rescue helicopter were dispatched to help the poor man, who the woman said had been screaming for three hours.

When police turned up on the scene, it turned out that the man was not screaming at all - he was just laughing at a very funny book.

The man said he'd gone to the forest to enjoy the peace and quiet.

Unfortunately for all those looking for a great read for their upcoming summer holidays, police did not disclose which side-splitting novel the man had been reading.

"That's something I'd like to know too," said police spokesman Heinz Hussy.

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