VINELAND – A Vineland Electric Utility lineman rescued a snared drone on Monday and saved a Williamstown man from having to tell his wife he lost the GoPro camera she gave him for Christmas.

The drone operator was bringing the device in for a landing after its fourth, and final, flight over the Landis Park trees and nearby water tower when it flew through two entwined electric lines and got stuck.

The Williamstown man tried a previously successful retrieval trick, tossing a plastic bottle to dislodge the drone but that ended up dangling in the lines too.

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Not wanting to leave the drone with the GoPro attached, he called friends and family for suggestions, which lead to calling the Vineland Electric Utility.

Within minutes, VEU lineman Kevin Sherman pulled up alongside the Boys and Girls Club on Crystal Avenue, climbed in the bucket truck and completed his first on-duty drone rescue.

“I don’t know how you got it stuck in there,” Sherman said, returning the drone to its relieved owner, who dubbed it a one in a million entanglement.

Deborah M. Marko; 856-563-5256;; Twitter: @dmarko_dj

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