Paraglider strung up on power lines |

Paraglider strung up on power lines

A paraglider ended her weekend flight with both feet safely on the ground – but not after her craft got tangled up in power lines, dangling her above a southern Nevada County field for hours.

Calfire and Higgins Fire Department responded to a call Saturday afternoon that a woman – identified by KOVR Channel 3 as Kara Asilonis – was stuck inside a paraglider hanging on wires along Combie Road near Highway 49.

“Apparently there was not enough lift,” said Calfire Grass Valley Captain Tom Webb of the ill-fated flight.

While Asilonis was not injured, firefighters had to be careful to avoid electrocuting her during the rescue. PG&E turned off power to wires in the area for a short period of time.

Rescuers used the 105-foot-long ladder atop Grass Valley Fire Department’s truck to reach her and disentangle the small motorized craft. The rescue took about two hours.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail or call (530) 477-4247.

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