Asheville Fire Department, others rescue man from sinking trench

Press release

From the Asheville Fire Department
Emergency crews were dispatched to a trench rescue just before 1 p.m. today at the 300 block of Airport Rd. The Asheville Fire Department arrived on the scene to find a male subject trapped from his waist down in a trench where sewer lines were being installed. It appeared that the trench itself had not collapsed on the subject but that the earth below had given way causing the victim to sink and become trapped. Asheville Fire Department, along with several other emergency responding agencies, worked quickly to shore the trench in order to access the subject. Once the trench was shored, paramedics were able to enter the trench to assess the patient and to begin patient care while rescuers began freeing the subject. After an hour and a half from the initial call the subject was freed from the trench and was flown to Mission Hospitals for further evaluation. The subject remained conscious and alert during the rescue. His injuries are unknown at this time. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Fire Department)


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