Paragliding Santa in California rescued after getting entangled in power lines

December 22, 2020

Santa Claus should stick with his reindeer and sleigh. That’s what one California man learned last Sunday when he dressed up as St. Nick and took to the skies above Sacramento, California, with his paraglider, hoping to spread a little Christmas cheer.

Before he could say, “Ho, Ho, Ho,” the would-be Santa became entangled in power lines on December 20—and needed the help of local firefighters to get back down, Fox News reports.

The man was using a “hyper light” paraglider when he took off from a nearby school and lost altitude—hitting the power lines around 11 a.m., Metro Fire of Sacramento said.

The department released video of the rescue showing the man dressed as Santa in the pilot’s seat of the fan-powered aircraft as it dangled above the street. Firefighters used a fire truck ladder to reach the man and bring him down safely just after 1 p.m.

“We are happy to report #Santa is uninjured and will be ready for #Christmas next week, but perhaps with a new sleigh!” the department wrote.

Crystal Kennedy, the man’s friend, told KOVR-TV that he was just trying to spread Christmas cheer to children in the area. “He was just flying over here to drop off some candy canes for the kids,” she said. “And that’s when he experienced engine problems.”

“We made sure Old St. Nick will use his reindeer when he sees you later this year,” Metro Fire said following the rescue.

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