Paraglider rescued by bomberos after hanging for four hours from high power cables

Photo: 112 Canarias
Photo: 112 Canarias

Quite a major operation has been underway since around 6pm this evening to rescue a 50-year-old paraglider who became tangled in high power electrical cables as he came down to land over the TF13 near the mirador Playa El Arenal north of La Laguna. Around 10pm he was finally released and transferred to hospital, thankfully with only minor injuries, but the operation to release him required the involvement of police, a rescue helicopter and finally bomberos with a self-propelling telescopic 50m crane. Electricity supplies to Punta del Hidalgo and Las Carboneras had to be shut off to make the cable safe while the rescue was underway. It’s not all that easy to make out the situation in the above photo but it has been released by emergency services after being taken from the helicopter involved in the initial abortive rescue attempt. It is just possible to make out the paraglider hanging by his parachute from the cables. 

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