OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews in Northern California have rescued a plumber who was trapped for 12 hours in a 10-foot sewer line after the ground beneath him gave way and he fell some 15 feet below the street.
KNTV in San Jose reports (http://bit.ly/1mYloWz ) the man was rescued about 2 a.m. Wednesday. The man's name and age were not released.
His supervisor, Juan Coronado, said the man will "be just fine." He was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
An Oakland Fire Department battalion chief says the plumber was working in East Oakland Tuesday afternoon when he fell.
Crews used a vacuum truck from the city's sewer division to help remove the sand from the trench, a woodcutter to shore up the loose sand and old-fashioned human handwork to help dig him out.
Information from: KNTV-TV.