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Gene Biondo, deputy chief of the Detroit Fire Department, said the water department staff had apparently slipped trying to climb out of the hole.
James David Dickson, The Detroit News

Detroit – Firefighters on the east side of Detroit released a worker from a sewer that fell on Monday morning The boy At noon, the man was dragged from the manhole described as "three feet three feet, 40 feet down," said Gene Biondo, deputy chief of the Detroit Fire Department.

Reports of the case came in just after 10 am and officials responded to Mack's 17100 block at the Great Pointe border.

The man who fell in was a "spotter" working near the top, while two others went deeper into the

"Somehow he slipped" and fell, Biondo said, "The other two were in the Able to climb out, but the spotter itself was immobilized by the fall. "

"There was no way he could come out," Biondo said The result of elbow make-up, skill and luck, Biondo said.

Six fire-fighting experts in "tight-space" rescues happened to be in the area when the call arrived.

The liberation required about eight ropes, with "probably 20 to 30 knots" on each rope, knots that Biondo said "are all critical" in such a rescue.

"Each of them was trained exactly like us," Biondo said.

Biondo said Monday's rescue was "not too commonplace" and that he would reward everyone involved for a department.

"This was a series of knots and pulleys, as well as you'll ever see," said Biondo. After the rescue, doctors treated the victim at the scene, and the expectation was that he would be transported to St. John Hospital for further care.

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