December 3, 2023

Skydiver Rescued from Power Lines in Vernon, B.C. Canada



VERNON, B.C. — A skydiver is OK after dangling unconscious from power lines for more than 30 minutes near Vernon, B.C.

RCMP Const. Richard Lausman says the man, whose name hasn’t been released, began his jump normally but blacked out for unexplained reasons when he was about 500 metres above the ground.

The victim’s parachute then tangled in hydro wires and he swung like a pendulum, nearly 10 metres above the heads of rescuers.

The arc of the swing slammed the still-unconscious man into a power pole, leaving him with various injuries.

Hydro crews had to cut electricity to the area so firefighters could reach the man and safely lower him to a waiting ambulance.

He is now recovering in hospital.

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