MCFRS Assists Man Trapped in Trench (Video)
Frederick County Fire/Rescue and Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to Eaglehead Drive between North Shore Way and Whistling Swan Way in Lake Linganore for a trench rescue at 3:09 p.m on Sept. 24.
According to fire officials, the first arriving fire and rescue units located one adult male trapped in a trench with rapidly running water, from a twelve inch water main, up to his neck and rising. Initial rescue efforts focused on maintaining the victim’s airway and working to shut down the water main. With the water turned off, rescuers were able to determine that he was conscious, alert and trapped in mud and construction debris up to his waist.
Technical Rescue Teams from Frederick, Montgomery, and Howard counties began work on an extrication effort that would last three hours. The patient was successfully extricated at 6:15 p.m. and flown by Maryland State Police Aviation to the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma.
During the rescue, CCM’s Susan Kenedy interviewed Montgomery County Fire Chief Steve Lohr on her cell phone at the scene. Take a look:
Chief Denise Pouget of the Frederick County Division of Fire & Rescue Services told responders in the on-scene critique (hot wash) immediately following the incident, “I am extremely proud of the response today that led to a successful outcome with the victim rescued. I want to thank all of the responding agencies from Frederick, Montgomery, and Howard counties. This was a job well done!”