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Lost man cuts down power poles, gets help

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, June 1 (UPI) -- Utility officials in Canada's Saskatchewan province said a man lost in the northern wilderness chopped down four power poles to attract investigators.

SaskPower spokesman James Parker said the man was boating May 23 on the Geikie River and became stranded when he could not find a path through the ice on Wollaston Lake, The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, reported Tuesday.

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The spokesman said the man chopped down four power poles Thursday, causing hundreds of people in the Wollaston Lake settlement to lose electricity.

A helicopter sent to investigate the outage found the man Friday morning.

"You should stay away from power lines, that's rule No. 1," Parker said. "But obviously this man was in a desperate situation and thought he had to do that."

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