RIO LINDA (CBS13) – A paraglider dressed as Santa Claus was rescued after being caught in power lines in Rio Linda on Sunday.

Santa was removed safely from the power lines near 7th Avenue after being trapped for over an hour, according to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

SMUD, the Sacramento Fire Department and California Highway Patrol units in North Sacramento were called to the scene for assistance.

The incident caused road closures in the area and power was shut off to a small number of customers so the rescue could be made.

Sacramento Metro Fire said the way the parachute went into the lines and the way Santa was seated inside of the aircraft that was attached to the parachute helped avoid any conduction happening in the power lines.

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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