A man with a parachute dressed as Santa Claus had to be rescued by Sacramento County (Calif.) firefighters after he got stuck in a power line Sunday morning.
According to authorities, the rescue operation was near 7th Avenue in Rio Linda. The California Highway Patrol’s North Sacramento office also arrived at the scene of the incident, reporting on Facebook that “Santa was trying to cheer up those around him before the holiday, but got himself into trouble.” “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Colleen Busliman, who lives nearby, commented on the incident in an interview with KCRA.
Nevertheless, Busliman added, “Santa” often skydives in their neighborhood. “He flies over people’s houses so everyone can see,” the woman said, “but this is the first time he’s worn a Santa suit. No one was expecting that.” As firefighters explained, “the powered parachute lost power on takeoff near a school in Rio Linda,” after which the man “got tangled in the wires.” Rescue efforts had to cut power to about 200 customers – after which the parachutist was safely rescued.
According to Chris Vestal of Sac Metro Fire, “Santa” merely wanted to cheer up local children with his flight. “He was going to deliver holiday candy to the kids and we’re grateful for that,” Vestal said. “We need to remember that there’s still a lot of good in the world and there are people who do good things and create holiday cheer.” Fortunately, Santa was not injured.