Man shocked by live wire remains in hospital

MAITE: This breadfruit tree on Paterno Street in Maite was the site where a man was shocked by live wire while trying to pick breadfruit Monday in Maite. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

A man who was rushed to Naval Hospital Guam after coming into contact with a power line while picking breadfruit on Monday evening remained hospitalized as of Wednesday, Guam Police Department spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao said.

Tapao said around 6 p.m. Monday, officers from the Hagåtña Precinct Command were called regarding an injured person. The man was knocked unconscious and family members were able to pull him down and call 911.

Medics from the Guam Fire Department also arrived at the scene. CPR was administered as the man was transported to the hospital.

The lemmai tree is located on the property of The Lemai Café and Restaurant and Nana's Garden on Route 8 in Maite. The tree overhangs the property gate along Paterno Street next to CarsPlus Guam.

“I saw the police outside but I don’t know what they are doing," John Ytelug, a maintenance worker on the property, told The Guam Daily Post on Wednesday.

The tree needs to be cut, Ytelug said, "because someone almost died there." 

"They should cut the tree"," agreed Arlene Bordallo, owner of the property.

"I did not realize it was touching. I feel bad about that because we don't want that to happen. He didn't die from it – thank God," Bordallo added.

Art Perez, Guam Power Authority spokesman, said GPA would cut down vegetation away from power lines, but the tree stands on private property, so GPA is coordinating with the village's mayor to remove the tree.

This is the second incident involving a breadfruit picker in recent months.

Gus Chaco Santos, 58, died after being electrocuted while picking breadfruit in Agat when the pole he was using came into contact with a power line on Aug. 18. GPA cut down the tree the following day.

Tapao said he could not release the name of the man who was injured because he is still under the care of the hospital.

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