Man falls 30 feet down sidewalk hole

August 16, 2009 8:57:08 AM PDT
A New York City man plunged 30 feet through a rusted-out metal plate on a sidewalk as he stepped outside for a puff of his cigar. Vincent Riggio was rescued by firefighters with just cuts and bruises Saturday afternoon. The 59-year-old businessman had just left an Off-Track Betting parlor when he stepped on the platform on Murray Street.

The corroded plate gave way, sending Riggio down into a basement.

When help arrived, a firefighter lowered a rope down the hole that helped fit a harness around Riggio, who was then hoisted up.

He was treated at St. Vincent's Hospital.


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