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06/19/2015 04:02 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rescue Mission For 'Lifeless Body' Finds Papa Smurf Balloon

District Police Rhein-Kreis Neuss

Someone really blue it.

When a train passenger in Dusseldorf, Germany, saw a dead "bearded man in a blue coat and red trousers" near the railroad tracks Tuesday evening, he immediately reported it to authorities.

A helicopter crew soon spotted the potential victim and, indeed, he was wearing red pants, blue outerwear, a red cap and a white beard, UPI.com reports.

However, the so-called "lifeless body" was actually a partially deflated Papa Smurf balloon, according to the Mirror.

Members of the rescue crew said the balloon victim looked a little deflated, but was otherwise fine, according to a press release from the District Police Rhein-Kreis Neuss.

Papa Smurf was taken to the nearest police station, but all attempts to reach relatives have failed, according to the release.

Although rescuing a balloon seems ridiculous, officials deemed the effort a success.

"The emergency call from the witness was completely justified," police said, according to TheLocal.de. "Under different conditions, it could have saved lives."

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