Paraglider hits transmission lines, causes power outage in Spain
Energy utility Endesa cut the power, affecting the Punta del Hidalgo and Las Carboneras areas, as a rescue helicopter was scrambled
MADRID (AP) — Spanish officials say a paraglider is recovering in the hospital after getting tangled in high-tension power cables that had to be shut down, causing a power outage on part of the Canary Island of Tenerife.
The regional government says its emergency coordinating center received several alerts reporting a paraglider dangling from high-tension power lines near the beach of El Arenal.
Energy utility Endesa cut the power, affecting the Punta del Hidalgo and Las Carboneras areas, as a rescue helicopter was scrambled.
The 50-year-old man was eventually cut down by rescue workers using a 50-meter (164-foot) telescopic boom after hanging suspended for more than three hours late Friday.
A government statement said Saturday he suffered dehydration and bruising.