Fire crews dig out plumber who fell into a sewer

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews in Northern California have rescued a plumber who was trapped for 12 hours in a 10-foot sewer line after the ground beneath him gave way and he fell some 15 feet below the street.

KNTV in San Jose reports ( ) the man was rescued about 2 a.m. Wednesday. The man's name and age were not released.

His supervisor, Juan Coronado, said the man will "be just fine." He was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

An Oakland Fire Department battalion chief says the plumber was working in East Oakland Tuesday afternoon when he fell.

Crews used a vacuum truck from the city's sewer division to help remove the sand from the trench, a woodcutter to shore up the loose sand and old-fashioned human handwork to help dig him out.


Information from: KNTV-TV.

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