Man rescued from 8-foot trench on Long Island

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Man rescued from 8-foot trench on Long Island
Stacey Sager reports on the trench rescue in Dix Hills.

DIX HILLS, Long Island (WABC) -- A man is safe after being pulled out of a 8-foot hole of mud on Long Island.

The incident was reported on Woodfern Court in Dix Hills just after 10:30 a.m. on Friday morning.

Trevor Borders, 22, was doing a waterproofing job at a home and needed to dig a hole for access to the basement.

He tried to free himself when he started to sink, but fell waist-deep into the hole.

"The soil type in Dix Hills, it's very clay-based, which causes a very thick, viscous mud," Dix Hills Fire Department Capt. Scott DiPino said.

Nearly 50 rescue workers from six different agencies responded to help Borders. He was rescued just before 1 p.m. and was cold and wet but did not appear to be seriously injured.

Crews used a pulley and harness system to free the man before he was taken to to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for evaluation.


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