Man Seriously Injured While Climbing BC Hydro Transmission Tower
Transmission Tower photography by Shane Rounce
The Ladysmith RCMP says a young man is being treated for serious injuries after falling from a BC Hydro transmission tower.
It happened around noon on November 9th near Ladysmith.
The 20-year-old was electrocuted and fell from the tower.
He suffered significant injuries and had to be airlifted to the hospital.
Ted Olynyk of BC Hydro says those transmissions lines carry 138-thousand volts and climbing the towers can be deadly.
Olynyk says you can suffer burns and damage internally if you come in contact with the lines, and you can strike the metal crossbars on the towers if you fall.
RCMP constable Chris Manseau says climbing an electricity transmission tower is illegal.
The police are trying to determine what motivated the young man to climb the tower.