Paraglider stuck on electric wires for eight hours after getting tangled

A paraglider filmed himself hanging almost 500 feet above the ground after his chute tangled on high tension power lines before he was rescued.

Julian Franco, 34, can be seen helplessly hanging by his chute after it became tangled up in a powerline in Ansermanuevo, Colombia, yesterday.

Another video shows the moment Franco is slowly lowered while two people can be seen hanging on the high voltage line where his chute was tangled.

He finally manages to reach the ground and is immediately assisted by doctors, while several people stand around them and Franco moves very little, apparently exhausted.

He was hanging for around eight hours before authorities finally managed to rescue him with the help of a private company.

A police spokesman said: ‘In coordination with our firefighters, our Civil Defence, the team at the municipal hospital and the electric company, the rescue of Julian Andres Franco Ballesteros was achieved.

‘A 34-year-old paraglider who was left hanging from telecommunication cables and high-voltage powerlines at an approximate height of 150 metres (492 feet).’

His wife also made a said: ‘I want to give an immense thank you to all the people that made sure my husband could be taken down well, safe and sound.

‘Infinite thanks to all the institutions and people that were there.’

Franco was filmed from a hospital shortly after his rescue, saying he is doing well, but, is ‘a bit tired because the rescue took eight hours’.

He thanked ‘all of the people that were concerned for my safety and everyone for the great collaboration.’

He is reported to be in stable condition. Franco is licensed to do the sport and it is speculated a sudden burst of wind caused the accident.

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