Firefighters work the scene after rescuing a man who was buried to his waist in rock and first when a portion of a retaining wall reportedly collapsed. COURTESY PHOTO, VRFA

Firefighters work the scene after rescuing a man who was buried to his waist in rock and first when a portion of a retaining wall reportedly collapsed. COURTESY PHOTO, VRFA

Man rescued from the ruins of a collapsed retaining wall

  • Monday, February 10, 2020 9:01pm
  • News

The Valley Regional Fire Authority Technical Rescue Team – along with help from technical rescue specialists from South King Fire and Puget Sound Fire – freed a man from the rubble of a collapsed retaining wall, the VRFA tweeted Monday.

Crews responded at 10:33 a.m. to a call of a 40-year-old man who was trapped when a portion of a retaining wall reportedly collapsed.

The man was buried to his waist but conscious and talking when first-responders arrived. Crews shored up the dirt and rock, using cribbing materials, and an excavation operator on site removed a 1,400-pound block that was impeding the rescue.

Following the removal of the block, the patient was placed on a backboard and gently slid out of the trench, the VRFA posted.

King County Medic One Paramedics treated the patient, warmed him to stave off hypothermia and transported him in stable condition to Harborview Medical Center.


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