He was lucky. Lucky someone found him. Lucky that the weather last week was relatively mild. Lucky that he just didn't freakin' die!
The guy that found him saw this and figured he had found a corpse.
Frankly, I kind of thought the same thing, but I KNEW he was alive, as I had heard the crews talking with him.
For some unknown reason, the man had burrowed underneath a shipping container at a local sports facility and had gotten himself stuck. Really stuck. Stuck there for several days stuck. He was unsure how long he had been under there, but thought it had been five or six days. The local rag said that a news release had reported that his condition was consistent with someone who had been trapped that long. Yikes!
Luckily for him, daytime highs have been in the low eighties. A person associated with the sports park had gone to the park to investigate the theft of some irrigation equipment and was checking out some adjoining storage containers when he spotted the trapped man. The witness called 911 after making contact with the man.
RFD responded with an engine and a heavy rescue unit. A Batallion Chief and a PIO were present as well. The dept. photographer might have been there, but you never know with that guy, he's a little shaky.
It was determined that removing the floor of the shipping container and pulling the victim up through the opening would be the best course of action. The crews then went to work.
It was a straightforward operation and the victim was removed in an expedient manner.
The newspaper reported last night that the victim remains hospitalized in critical condition. I'm just guessin' that he is not out of the woods by any means.
Stuff like this was one of the many things that attracted me to my career. Ya just never knew what ya were gonna get!.
Thanks for reading,