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2008 At-Risk Survivor

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Shocking Rappel
2008 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

(1 June 2008, West Virginia) This one's simple. A man climbed the high voltage power line tower behind his house, attached a rope to the top of it, and began to rappel down. He was shocked to discover that his harmless hobby was not safe at all, when he hit a power line that carries "as much as 46,000 volts," according to American Electric Power employees. The man fell to the ground, a battered but lucky survivor of what easily could have been a Darwin Awards caliber misjudgment.

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