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Excavator used in delicate Yallourn rescue

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  8.47 PM 25 May, 2016

Location: District 27 News

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A man has been rescued from a three metre deep hole near Yallourn, in a slow and arduous process involving CFA, SES and Ambulance Victoria personnel.

Around 1.40pm CFA members responded to reports of a man trapped underground. They arrived to find the man face down on a ledge in the hole.

Senior Station Officer Rohan Taylor said “The man was conscious, breathing and able to talk to us but because of suspected spinal injuries we all had to treat him very carefully.”

“In a lengthy and difficult process we first used timber at the site to create a brace for him to rest on him and ensure he didn’t fall any further. We and Ambulance Victoria paramedics were then able to gently turn him over, put him on a back board and transfer him to a stretcher.

“Ropes were attached to the stretcher’s anchor points and the lift mechanism of an excavator at the site.  The excavator was then used to gently lift the patient out of the hole.”

The rescue was completed just after 4pm.

Four CFA units responded to the incident, including specialist confined space rescue units from Morwell and Traralgon, as well as Yallourn North brigade. SES and Ambulance Victoria members were also involved in the operation.

The man has been airlifted to hospital.

Last Updated: 25 May 2016