Fort Lauderdale firefighters rescue worker trapped in excavation hole

Trench collapse rescue (Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Firefighters rescued a worker trapped in an excavation hole Thursday afternoon.

The collapse happened in the 700 block of Southwest 12th Court, in the city’s Croissant Park neighborhood, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

According to FLFR, the worker became trapped after soil below grade shifted, causing him to be pinned below the waist due to mud and an accumulation of water, an FLFR spokesperson said.

Crews were de-watering the hole, according to the agency.

An image shared by Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue showed crews pulling the worker out of the hole.

Editor’s note: Firefighters initially described the incident as a trench collapse but later clarified that the worker was trapped in an excavation hole.

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