Freddie Choo was grabbing a smoke before his next food delivery when he says the man fell through the grate, busted through the floor below, and then landed about 30 feet down.
"I was standing right here. He fell straight away," witness Freddie Choo said.
Then Freddie said the man shouted for help.
That's when Choo called 9-1-1 around 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon outside 20 Murray Street in Lower Manhattan.
Witnesses say fire trucks, paramedics and police showed up within minutes.
Emergency crews used a ladder to rescue the victim then hoisted him out of the deep and dark hole.
"He's probably going to end up suing," witness Jonathan Stevens said.
The grate was an old elevator shaft for a nearby clothing store.
Despite the fall, the victim only suffered cuts and bruises. He was treated at St. Vincent's Hospital and released.
WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick
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