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Escaped by a Whisker 18 February 2008

MEA Network Services staff rescued a cat from the top of a high voltage electricity pole in the south of the Island.

The 13 year old cat, called Mogel, had climbed to the very top of the 35 foot wood pole, and was discovered by his owner sitting on the steelwork that supports the insulators, between two live 33,000 volt conductors.

In order for the rescue to proceed, the line had to be switched out of service, and supplies to Port Erin and Port St. Mary transferred onto alternative cables. Once the line had been made safe, Mogel was rescued using an MEA elevated platform, and returned safely to the ground.

Network Services Engineer, Alan Capon, said

“Fortunately for Mogel, he had remained far enough away from the live conductors as high voltage electricity can jump through the air, and he would only have needed to get a bit closer to one of the conductors to be electrocuted. Mogel appeared extremely ‘un-phased’ by the event and was happy to return home as he is a much loved family pet.”

The MEA would like to remind the public that it is extremely dangerous to retrieve items lost into substations, or animals and kites from its electricity poles. The correct response is to call the MEA on the 24-hour number 687687 for assistance.

For further information, please contact:

Alison Cottier PA to CEO
Tel: 687798

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