Saturday 24 February 2018

Tree surgeon critical after shock

A tree surgeon is in a critical condition in hospital in Texas after being shocked by a power line
A tree surgeon is in a critical condition in hospital in Texas after being shocked by a power line

A veteran US tree surgeon is in a critical condition after being shocked by a power line - six months after he was taken to hospital because of a bee attack.

Authorities said 52-year-old Craig Benavidez of Las Cruces in New Mexico was trimming a pine tree when he was shocked by a 13,000-volt power line.

Mr Benavidez had scaled the tree and was secured by a climbing harness about 30 feet above the ground.

A technical rescue team with the city's fire department was able to lower him from the tree after the power was cut. Mr Benavidez was taken to a hospital in El Paso, Texas.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reported that Mr Benavidez has been an arborist for more than 30 years.

In July, he was trimming a cottonwood tree in Las Cruces when he was stung numerous times by what were later determined to be bees.

Press Association

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