Santa Claus niyo pagod na! Santa Claus rescued in power lines after paragliding mishap

 By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

Santa Claus got stuck in power lines (PHOTO: Bay News9)

SACRAMENTO, California– Santa Claus crashed his aircraft into power lines Sunday morning as he was delivering candy canes to the Rio Linda neighborhood.

The man dressed as Santa Claus was spreading holiday cheer overhead before he was tangled in live wires high above the ground in the Sacramento suburb of Rio Linda.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded to the incident near Seventh Avenue, and crews spent an hour pulling the man and his gear from a tangle of lines.

According to People Magazine, the man had been using a motorized personal aircraft to deliver candy to children in a suburb of Sacramento when his aircraft crashed.

Meanwhile, the California Highway Patrol's North Sacramento division in a Facebook post wrote: "Turns out Santa was trying to get some last-minute fun in before the holiday and got into a hot wire situation."

The Sacramento fire department posted on Twitter that the man was uninjured but may need a new sleigh.

"(Without) a scratch (and) full of good cheer we made sure Old St. Nick will use his reindeer when he sees you later this year," the department shared, along with a video clip of the rescue.

The fire department also said that the man had been flying a "hyper light" aircraft and not a glider, as previously reported.

According to news channel KCRA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identified his aircraft as a powered parachute.

"A powered parachute lost power on takeoff near a school in Rio Linda, Calif., and then hit and became suspended in power lines around 11:00 a.m. local time (Sunday)," said a spokesperson with the FAA.

Chris Vestal of the fire department confirmed that power for about 200 people in the Rio Linda area was shut off during the rescue operation. "He was trying to deliver candy canes to kids that were playing through in the community. We commend him for that," he said.



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