IFD rescues worker from bottom of 35 foot deep sewer pipe

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indy Water Solutions worker had to be rescued from the bottom of a 35 foot deep sewer pipe after being trapped Thursday evening.

The worker, 28-year-old Jared Britt, was working to empty and repair the pipe when the crane he was using stopped working around 6 p.m.

The crew initially believed that a battery was to blame and that the fix would be easy, but they soon realized that it was a mechanical problem in the switch and help was needed, so they called for IFD’s Confined Space Rescue.

Firefighters reported to the scene in the 3400 block of Harper Road around 6:19 p.m. and found Britt alert and unhurt.

The crew took the necessary steps to set up a DBI Sala Tripod retrieval system to raise Britt out of the 35 foot pipe. Once the system was set, he was out of the hole within three minutes.

Britt was decontaminated and given a disposable Tyvek Suit to wear home. He was checked at the scene by medics and signed a statement of release.

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