Teens hear cries, get help for man trapped in elevator shaft in abandoned building

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 7, 2014) — A man was rescued from an elevator shaft in an abandoned building late Saturday night, after two teens happened to hear him crying for help.

The 62-year-old man had walked into an open elevator shaft in the  old RCA plant in the 3300 block of East Michigan Road.  Two teens were walking past the building just after 10:30 p.m.  when they heard moaning coming from inside. The boys called 911, then went in to investigate. They discovered the man inside, who had fallen down an elevator shaft and landed on top of the elevator.

Firefighters arrived and used dual rope lowering systems to make contact with the victim, while not putting additional pressure on the elevator. Two rescuers then secured the man to a backboard and raised him to floor level. He was conscious, alert and in good condition when he was taken to IU Methodist Hospital.

No word on how long the man had been stuck there before the two teens heard him.

The boys are both 16-year-old students at Herron High School.