Wild Weather Lifts Man With Umbrella 13 Feet Into Air

March 31, 2019 Updated: April 1, 2019

A fresh produce worker went for the ride of his life after trying to stop a large patio umbrella from falling over in strong winds on March 25.

The spine-tingling moment was recorded on closed-circuit television surveillance technology and showed Sadik Kocadalli and two other grocery men running to secure a parasol, which the wind threatened to blow away from a wholesale market hall in the southern Turkish city of Osmaniye.

Kocadalli thought using his body weight by standing on the parasol would be enough to pin it down, but he was wrong.

“When the wind got stronger, I noticed the umbrella moving, so I tried to save it from flying away by stepping on it and, when I stepped on it, it lifted,” he told Turkish news agency DHA, according to Fox News.

After being lifted about 13 feet into the air, Kocadalli jumped off and suffered a minor ankle injury.

“It went up three, four meters [9-13 feet] and I thought, ‘This won’t work,’ so I jumped down,” he said. “Thankfully, I am okay. The umbrella hit a pole and fell back down.”

The parasol later landed on another man who was knocked unconscious, according to The Independent. The heavy item fell and broke Mehmet Ali Bicakci’s foot and ribs.

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A man lifted into the air by strong winds in Osmaniye, Turkey, on March 25, 2019. (Still image from video/Reuters)

The strong winds are believed to have come from a 10-minute tornado that had recently hit a nearby area.

The video of Kocadalli’s brief flight has gone viral, with many people likening his ascent to Walt Disney classic movie Mary Poppins, whose lead character famously flew in with an open umbrella for a nanny job interview.

“Eat your heart out Mary Poppins,” Brett Fitz said in a Facebook comment dated March 28.

“I’m Mary Poppins Y’all!!!” Mark C. Johnson said.

Some people gave Kocadalli a new nickname—the flying turkey.

“He flew away like a turkey,” Mary B Tudor said.

“Flying turkey right there,” Terry Mitchum said.

Some others drew parallels between the tornado in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer classic movie The Wizard of Oz and the man’s parasol flight.

“When he finally touched the ground, he said, ‘Oh, Toto, I don’t think we’re in Turkey anymore,” Karim Pluma said.

“So that’s how they are now planning on getting inside the United States,” Ron McAnally said. “I bet he thought he’d end up in Kansas too.”

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