Hamilton skydiver hits hydro line
Incidents like this 'virtually never' happen, club's vice-president says
A parachutist from a Hamilton-area skydiving club had a close call with a hydro line in Dundas on Sunday afternoon.
The incident took place in the area of Highway 5 and Sydenham Road, near Skydive Swoop, a non-profit, volunteer-run skydiving club. Paramedics were called to the area around 3:30 p.m.
Harvey Thompson, vice-president of the club, confirmed that the man is a member of the club and said he was freed without any injuries.
"The ambulance came, checked him out and said: 'You're fine.'" he told CBC Hamilton.
Claudio Mostacci with the Hamilton Fire Department said firefighters were called to the scene after initial reports that the man's parachute was tangled in the power lines. But when they arrived at the scene, the man was already free.
Mostacci said it is unclear what exactly happened, but it appeared the man clipped a hydro wire on his way down.
Thompson said that incidents like this "virtually never" happen. He added that the club is co-operating with the police and conducting its own investigation into the incident.
Hamilton police and the Hamilton Paramedic Service could not be immediately reached for comment.