Rescuers save construction worker from water-filled trench near Tampa

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Wesley Chapel Trench Rescue

Pasco County Fire Rescue responds to a trapped construction worker in Wesley Chapel WESLEY CHAPEL Fla. (July 23,2018) - At approximately 3:45 PM Pasco County Fire Rescue received a 911 call of a worker trapped in a trench at the corner of Old Pasco Road and Quail Hollow in Wesley Chapel. When Firefighters first arrived, they reported an adult male construction worker trapped in a collapsed trench with water near his chin and rising. Firefighters immediately started rescue efforts by stopping the flow of water from a nearby drainage ditch into the hole by shoveling sand to make a makeshift dam stopping the water from flowing into the trench. Command was established, and specialized teams from Pasco County Special Operations and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue trench rescue teams were called to assist. Vacuum trucks were also called to the scene to remove the sand and water from the trench. Firefighters shored the side of the trench to prevent further collapse, and a track hoe that was near the trench was secured preventing it from falling into the trench. Firefighters used vacuum trucks, shovels, and water to break apart the sand the worker was trapped in freeing him in approximately two hours and twenty-two minutes. The conscious and alert patient was transported by medical helicopter to a local area hospital for further evaluation.

Posted by Pasco County Fire Rescue on Monday, July 23, 2018

Rescuers saved a trapped construction worker by pulling him out of a water-filled trench near Tampa on July 24, Pasco County Fire Rescue has reported.

The man was up to his chin in water, which was rising. Firefighters first stopped the flow of water from a nearby drainage ditch by shoveling sand to form a makeshift dam on the scene in Wesley Chapel, about 25 miles northeast of Tampa.

The man was conscious and alert as he was pulled from the hole, and he was taken to a local hospital via helicopter.

The rescue took about 2.5 hours. Crews arrived from Pasco County Special Operations and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. The rescuers used giant vacuum hoses as well as shovels to remove sand and water from the hole.

“Firefighters shored the side of the trench to prevent further collapse, and a track hoe that was near the trench was secured preventing it from falling into the trench,” Pasco County Fire Rescue reported.

Firefighters shored the side of the trench to prevent further collapse, and a track hoe that was near the trench was secured preventing it from falling into the trench.

The conscious and alert patient was transported by medical helicopter to a local area hospital for further evaluation, fire officials said.

(Video from Pascoe Fire Rescue)

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