Paraglider survives 11 hours hanging from high-voltage cables

January 20th, 2009 - 3:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Bogota, Jan 20 (DPA) A Colombian paraglider was rescued alive and well, after hanging from high-voltage cables for 11 hours in the northwestern province of Antioquia.Alberto Ocampo jumped in a mountainous area in the town of Bello, near Medellin, but his paraglider was pushed by the wind and got caught in a 110,000 volt wire.

The flow of electricity was cut off Sunday afternoon to allow a rescue operation that ended successfully in the early hours of Monday.

“It is one’s recklessness. There were not the best conditions for flying, and I still jumped,” Ocampo told reporters.

The man, 49, said he felt like he had been reborn. It took a team of 30 rescue workers to get him down.

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