Man Trapped In Merritt Island Culvert – 20 Feet Deep For 8 Hours

By  //  October 21, 2012

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Stuck For Eight Hours

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BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Brevard County Fire Rescue crews rescued a man Sunday morning from a dangerous culvert on Merritt Island.

Lt. Jeff Taylor of Brevard CountyFire Rescue said crews responded this morning to a report of a man who had fallen into a hole and was unable to get himself out.

Taylor said the call was dispatched at 9:57 a.m.

Firefighters responded to the area of E. Hall Road and Sea Island Lane where they found a man in his mid-20’s about 20 feet below grade in a culvert originally built as part of a housing development that was not completed.

Taylor sad firefighters lowered a 24-foot ladder into the hole and the man was able to climb to safety without further assistance.

The unidentified man told rescuers he had been walking in the area around 1:30 a.m. when he fell into the hole and became trapped.

He was discovered nearly eight hours later when a passerby walking a dog heard him calling for help and called 911.

The man sustained minor injuries and refused transport to a hospital for further evaluation.