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Man injured cutting tree branches; touches power lines

By Staff | Jun 16, 2013

A man cutting tree branches was air lifted to a trauma center after making contact with power lines.

His condition was unknown late Saturday.

Cape Coral Fire Department personnel responded to the emergency at 5:34 p.m. at 1034 Dolphin Drive.

A male patient was on a ladder cutting branches from a palm tree to which he secured himself to with a safety harness, when a branch made contact with a power line, officials said.

First arriving Fire Department personnel found him unconscious and unresponsive, hanging from the tree. After assuring there was no further contact with the electric line, they secured a safety line around the patient and his ladder to prevent a fall or further injury.

The second arriving Fire Department Unit was Ladder 1 and they quickly set up and placed the aerial ladder in a position for rescue and sent additional personnel up to assist.

Lee County Electric Cooperative also dispatched a boom truck that arrived and provided further assistance. Once the patient was safely removed Lee County Emergency Services provided patient care and called for air transport to the local trauma center.

A third Fire Department Engine Company responded to set up and secure a safe landing zone.

The Cape Coral Fire Department responded to approximately four similar call types in the last year, officials said.

Source: Cape Coral Fire Department