APOLLO BEACH, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Hillsborough County fire rescue crews performed a complicated rescue on a man who had fallen in a hole, and successfully saved him.
Firefighters said it began around 2:30 p.m. Thursday at a site off of Big Bend Road. Officials said the man and other construction crews were working below ground in what appeared to be a man made hole with water pipes underneath. While working at the site the ground gave way trapping the man from the waist down, firefighters said, in an eight to ten foot hole. The hole was also full of water and rising, officials said.
Once rescuers recognized this was going to be a trench rescue, they called additional resources for special operation units which firefighters say have special equipment and are highly trained to manage situations like this.
Firefighters the got the man in a harness, preventing him from going deeper in the hole, and pumps were put in place to get water out of the hole. The man was communicating the entire time and our crews kept his torso above water throughout the rescue, HCFR said.
After three hours of careful hard work and strategy, firefighters said rescued the man and he was taken to a local trauma center in fair condition.
patient is rescued. pic.twitter.com/j2EnU9g5Ly— HCFR - Fire Rescue (@HillsFireRescue) March 20, 2014