Would-be wire thief gets shock near Ladysmith

Man electrocuted while cutting down BC Hydro pole

A man walked away after receiving a shock while trying to get at some copper wire.

RCMP received the call on Thursday, Aug. 11 around 5:39 p.m. A passerby found a downed BC Hydro pole and an injured man bleeding from his mouth on Spruston Road.

The man, who had been unconscious, got up and walked away, getting into a dark green truck with a female and driving off. The female had been attending to the man at first. Medics, Cranberry Fire Department, BC Hydro and Emcon were also called to the scene.

Ladysmith RCMP said it was later discovered that the line had been dismantled and the man cut down the BC Hydro pole with a chainsaw.

The police report says the pole fell in the wrong direction and electrocuted the man.

He was described as six-feet tall, 180 lb., bald with tattoos on each arm.

Ladysmith Staff Sgt. Roger Plamondon said copper wire theft has been a problem for BC Hydro all over the Island lately.

“BC Hydro seems to have been victimized probably for the more serious offences,” he said.

Anyone having any information is asked to contact the Ladysmith RCMP at (250) 245-2215 and to make reference to file 2011-2547.

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