Parachutist dies after hitting power lines

A man died after parachuting from a mobile-phone tower at night and hitting high-voltage power lines, US authorities said.

Arizona's Pinal County sheriff's Lieutenant Tamatha Villar said 23-year-old Darrell Dunafon and two friends broke into a mobile-phone tower site about 30 miles south of Phoenix and were parachuting off the approximately 400-foot-tall antennae.

Mr Dunafon's parachute tangled in nearby 12,000-volt power lines and he was shocked with a live wire.

Ms Villar said the two friends called for help, and rescue crews turned off the power and cut Mr Dunafon down.

He had a slight pulse but was pronounced dead at a hospital in the nearby town of Casa Grande.

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