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Las Vegas crews rescue man stuck in palm tree

Las Vegas crews rescue man stuck in palm tree

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Jul 13, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas crews rescued a man who was stuck in a palm tree.

It happened around 1:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon near Rancho Drive and Bryn Mawr Avenue, near Sahara Avenue and Interstate 15.

According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, a landscaper was trimming the tree when he became stuck. Several dead palm fronds slid down the tree, trapping the man inside.

He had climbed up the tree using spikes that were attached to his boots, and he was tied onto the tree so he wouldn't fall.

With the weight of the fronds pushing down and the man tied to the tree, he was trapped.

The man was working alone when he notified his wife by cell phone that he needed help. Firefighters arrived shortly after and he was brought down to safety.

The man was stuck about 35-feet up the tree, and was trapped for approximately 90 minutes. He was taken to the hospital for observation.

Crews used extension ladders to get to the man and checked his medical condition. At that same time, they cut the fronds away so they had accessibility.

Several roads around the scene were closed to traffic while the rescue took place.

Krista Hostetler

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Krista Hostetler is currently the Senior Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.