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Drunk teen rescued from nightclub air vent

Hugh McMahon was kicked out of the Sin City nightclub twice before trying to get in through the roof, the court heard.

By Ben Hooper

SURFERS PARADISE, Australia, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Authorities in Australia said an 18-year-old man who tried to sneak into a nightclub after being ejected had to be rescued from an air vent.

Southport Magistrates Court heard Hugh McMahon, 18, an Irish citizen in Australia on a one-year work visa, was ejected from the Sin City nightclub in Surfers Paradise when he was found sleeping on one of the club's couches.

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The court heard McMahon somehow got back into the club and was ejected a second time, leading him to attempt to get into the club a third time by climbing from a neighboring apartment to the building's roof.

Police were called just after 1 a.m. when club-goers heard McMahon calling for help from an air vent, where he had become wedged.

"Drunk or sober it is a remarkably stupid thing you've done," Magistrate Ron Kilner said.

McMahon was fined $900 and ordered to pay $1,200 restitution for damage to the building's roof and $500 for the rescue from emergency services personnel.

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