Man shocked while trying to eliminate parrots nesting on utility pole in Coral Springs
CORAL SPRINGS, Florida –A man was rushed to hospital Thursday morning after being shocked as he attempted to remove Quaker parrots nesting atop a utility pole next to a Walmart in Coral Springs, authorities said.
The incident occurred at approximately 5:45 a.m. in the area of 3801 Turtle Creek Drive.
Two witnesses told Local 10 News they heard what sounded like an explosion when the man was zapped by 200,000-volt power lines.
“He was set on fire from head to toe, so his skin was peeling off,” said Ruben Gonzalez, who works at Walmart.
Reanna Rai told Local 10 News that her 24-year-old brother Nicholas Rai of Margate was the victim and was in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Reanna started a GoFundMe page, where she notes that Nicholas is the father of two young boys. She wrote on the page that he was trying to save the parrots.
“In the Rai family, men who were once boys learned the trade from their father,” she wrote. “They grab and climb the heights of what some would NOT dare save some of the wildlife that would be killed or destroyed by the proximity of electric current or otherwise euthanized by power companies, sometimes causing power shortages in the city. certain places.
Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Rescue Asst. Chief Joe Skrumbellos said the pole used to remove the birds was sprayed and the victim was shocked.
It apparently used some type of fiber pole for landscaping, but not high voltage power lines.
“I heard him tell the cops he was trying to save the birds from the power lines or something, and that’s what caused the explosion,” Gonzalez said.
Witnesses said the victim’s girlfriend was pouring water bottles over her burns, but paramedics told her to stop as it only makes matters worse.
A Florida, Power & Light crew also intervened on the scene to assess the electrical risk.
Skrumbellos said the victim was conscious and alert as she was transported to Broward Health North. He suffered second and third degree burns to 50% of his body.
Due to the extent of his injuries, the victim was transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Firefighters say he’s lucky to be alive.
“The electrocution itself could have killed him,” Deputy Fire Chief Michael Moser said.
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