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Tallahassee Fire Department saves woman who fell into overflow drain

TFD rescue woman stuck in concrete overflow drain.
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 5:04 PM EDT|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 5:14 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Tallahassee Fire Department says it rescued a woman from a 15-foot-deep concrete overflown drain Wednesday morning.

Firefighters arrived at the scene at 10:17 a.m. and performed a variety of technical rescue techniques to be able to reach the woman, TFD’s Facebook post says. Rescuers used ropes and rigging systems to lower a TFD firefighter into the drain, and they placed a rescue harness around the victim.

The victim was successfully lifted from the bottom of the culvert by TFD rescue personnel.

TFD Chief Mike Hadden spoke to the woman on the scene.

“Apparently she had climbed on top of the concrete structures and there was a metal grate. When she stood on it, it shifted and she fell down with the metal grate”, Division Chief Mike Hadden said.

While the woman was being rescued out of the 4x4 concrete hole, she told Division Chief Hadden that her leg was hurt and she was anxious to get out.

“Luckily, she wasn’t severely injured. The metal grate is heavy, but she was okay”, Hadden said.

He said it was great to see the team put training into action for a successful rescue.

Hadden said the rescue took only about 25 minutes and the woman was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, but she is doing okay.

The Tallahassee Police Department and Leon County EMS assisted on the scene.

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