CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Fire Department personnel responded to an emergency call of a tree trimming accident that involved contact with the electric power lines on Saturday, just after 5:30 p.m., at 1034 Dolphin Drive.
A male patient was on a ladder cutting branches from a palm tree which he secured himself to with a safety harness, when a branch made contact with a power line.
First arriving Fire Department personnel found an unconscious and unresponsive male hanging from the tree. After assuring there was no further contact with the electric line, they promptly secured a safety line around the patient and his ladder to prevent a fall or further injury.
The second arriving Fire Department Unit was Ladder 1 and they quickly set up and placed the aerial ladder in a position for rescue and sent additional personnel up to assist.
Lee County Electric Cooperative also dispatched a boom truck that arrived and provided further assistance. Once the patient was safely removed Lee County Emergency Services provided patient care and called for air transport to the local trauma center.
A third Fire Department Engine Company responded to set up and secure a safe landing zone.
The condition of the patient is unknown at this time.
The Cape Coral Fire Department responded to approximately four similar call types in the last year.