Paraglider rescued after being entangled in power lines

The paraglider was stuck in the power lines for nearly three hours because Pacific Gas & Electric workers had to ground the power lines before it was deemed safe to make a rescue attempt. (KXTV)
Joseph Daniels
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OLIVEHURST, Calif. (KXTV) — A paraglider was rescued after being entangled in power lines in California for hours.

Officials said the paraglider was attempting to land at Yuba County airport Wednesday when he crashed into the power lines. The reason why the rescue attempt took nearly three hours was because Pacific Gas & Electric workers had to ground the power lines before it was deemed safe to make a rescue attempt.

"The difficulty was making sure that the lines were de-energized to make sure that our firefighters were safe before we could make patient contact," explained Olivehurst Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy York.

PG&E officials said they de-energized the power lines while the paraglider was entangled, which caused thousands to be without power as crews rescued the man.

The utility restored power after the paraglider was rescued.

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