Rescue crews free man trapped in water-filled hole - FOX 13 News

Rescue crews free man trapped in water-filled hole

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Fire rescue crews spent over three hours working to free a construction worker who was trapped in a mud- and water-filled hole this afternoon.

Crews say the ground collapsed around the worker at a construction site near Big Bend Road and Waterset Blvd.

It's not clear why he was stuck. FOX 13's Evan Axelbank says a construction worker told him they were working on pipes in the area.

Crews had to work to keep the man's head above the water. They brought in pieces of plywood to surround him and even strapped him to the arm of an excavator while the man shoveled mud and water away from himself.

Rescue workers placed an IV in his arm and brought bottled water to him throughout the rescue.

Just before 6 p.m., he was pulled from the mud and placed on a stretcher that was carried from the scene.

Another man, apparently an exhausted rescue worker, was taken from the scene in an ambulance earlier.

Stay with FOX 13 for updates.

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