Man rescued after getting trapped in Kips Bay air shaft

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

KIPS BAY, Manhattan (WABC) -- A man got stuck in an air shaft after apparently attempting to use it to climb down from the roof of his Manhattan apartment building early Tuesday.

Authorities say the 30-year-old man was discovered trapped inside the shaft behind the wall of a first-floor apartment on East 26th Street in Kips Bay just after midnight.

The man, who had just moved into the seven-story building, was hanging out with friends on the roof when he decided to climb into the air shaft.

Firefighters had to remove a wall to reach him after he got stuck. The rescue operation took 40 minutes.

The man was uninjured, but he was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation.