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Skydiver left hanging 30 feet in the air after parachute gets tangled in power lines

Skydiver left hanging 30 feet in the air after parachute gets tangled in power lines

CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department took to Twitter and announced that the man was safely brought down with a bucket lift.

In a heart-stopping moment, a skydiver in California was left hanging 30 feet above the ground after his parachute got tangled in live power lines. The incident unfolded in Lake Elsinore on Tuesday around 11:11 a.m. when the unidentified parachute was trapped on multiple wires for nearly an hour, reports New York Post. It remains unclear whether the man came from a nearby skydiving center or not. 

A Southern California Edison crew, which is an electricity supply company, arrived at the scene to rescue the man after being intimated about the situation. In no time social media was flooded with pictures of the man suspended in the air with a yellow parachute open, as emergency workers and power crews worked carefully to remove him from the dangerous wires.



 

CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department took to Twitter and announced that the man was safely brought down with the help of a bucket lift. "The patient was evaluated by firefighters on scene and transported to an area hospital by ground ambulance [with] minor injuries to their lower extremities," revealed the fire department. Once the man was removed, Southern California Edison safely untangled the chute from the power lines, revealed PEOPLE



 

Skydiving is an extreme sport that is enjoyed by many all over the world. Last year alone more than 2.8 million skydiving jumps were made in the United States, as per the United States Parachute Association. While the number of casualties has reduced over the years, with a record low of 11 casualties in 2020, skydiving can be life-threatening. 

In July, last year, a teenager in Georgia died along with an experienced instructor after something went horribly wrong during a tandem jump. 18-year-old Jeanna Triplicata was not a "thrill-seeker," according to CNN. However, after graduating high school, she decided to do something daring: skydive for the first time in her life. What was supposed to be an uplifting and memorable moment for Jeanna turned into a nightmare for her family who recalled watching a parachute spinning and a pair of people somersaulting in the sky. They later learned it was their 18-year-old girl.



 

"We were all so looking forward to after she landed and to talk to her and hear her story," shared Joey Triplicata, a grieving father. "I feel like we were robbed of that and now we're robbed of the rest of her life. It's so painful." Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore later revealed in a statement, "Upon exiting the aircraft, the primary parachute failed to open properly and went into a spin." As for the emergency parachute, it was deployed at a very low altitude which did not open fully leading to the death of both Jeanna and 35-year-old instructor Nick Esposito. 

Cover image source: Twitter | CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department

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