GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A part-time groundskeeping employee has been rescued after he fell into a 20-foot-deep hole outside a Grand Rapids church on Tuesday morning.
The accident happened outside Calvary Church on the East Beltline near I-96 just before 9:45 a.m.
The man was adjusting a sprinkler at the time and was standing over a grate that covered a service pit when the grate, which was rusted, broke and the man fell, according to firefighters.
The man had injured both of his legs in the fall, but did not lose consciousness and was able to use his radio to to call other workers who then called 911, Grand Rapids Fire Department officials said.
The man was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Three different departments were called in for the rescue, due to the equipment needed to get the man out of the hole.
A basket had to be lowered and then he had to be splinted and then pulled out, so a trained rescue team had to be brought in, fire officials said.
It took rescue crews exactly one hour from the time that rescuers were called to the scene to get the man to safety.
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