Crews rescue parachutist dangling from Arizona power lines


A navy parachutist who dropped onto high-voltage power lines in southern Arizona needed to dangle for a number of hours earlier than he may very well be safely rescued by firefighters and utility crews.

Firefighters organized to have the lines de-energized earlier than crews utilizing a ladder truck might get close to the parachutist and pull off the rescue Friday, Eloy Fire District Assistant Chief Robert Maestas mentioned. He known as the person “extremely lucky.”

The leap went awry south of Arizona City close to a small non-public airport that had been the deliberate touchdown level for the coaching leap. That space of southern Arizona is widespread for parachute jumps, together with coaching for navy personnel.

The parachutist was making within the leap with different members of a small group of navy personnel from a overseas nation, Ian Mackenzie, navy operations director for Airborne Support Group, an Arizona company that runs the drop zone, advised The Associated Press on Saturday.

Citing safety causes, Mackenzie declined to establish the overseas nation.

A press release issued by the hearth district mentioned crews needed to rigorously disentangle the parachutist from the power lines “as a quick release would have caused a slingshot effect on the power lines already under tension.”

“On one hand, we didn’t want him to make too much contact with the energized power equipment, and then, on the other hand, we didn’t want him to fall,” Maestas advised KSAZ-TV.

The man was taken to a hospital for analysis, however he wasn’t critically injured, Maestas mentioned. “He was awake and alert and extremely lucky.”

The lines are owned by the Western Area Power Administration, which is run by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Casa Grande Dispatch reported.

Arizona City is almost 60 miles northwest of Tucson.


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