Man trapped in trench rescued after 11 hours

2014-07-19 21:26
(Picture: Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Picture: Nielen de Klerk, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - A man trapped in a water-filled trench at a residential property in Orient Hill in Isipingo was freed on Saturday night after an 11-hour rescue operation, paramedics said.

The 29-year-old man was rushed to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital after his ordeal, ER24 spokesperson Luyanda Majija said.

"The man is in a stable condition and is now being treated for his suspected severe pelvic fracture and leg injuries.

"ER24 paramedics, fire department personnel and SAPS Search and Rescue worked for approximately 11 hours to rescue the man."

It was believed that the man was building a retainer wall, when his leg got stuck in debris at the bottom of a deep trench around 09:00.

Rescue workers had to contend with difficult circumstances, as water kept pouring into the trench as quickly as it could be drained out.

The man was submerged up to the waist at times during the rescue, Majija said.


Read more on:    durban  |  search and rescue  |  good news
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Autobraking: See just how good they are!

Just how good are automatic brakes on cars these days? Two VW models have been praised by top UK research centre Thatcham. Find out why...

 

Stay safe

Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Mom's driving-school dream come true
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to idealise and prepare for the future rather than face the present. Right now life is putting challenges in...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.