Scottsdale FD: Man rescued after falling 40 feet below surface with broken leg

Posted at 2:12 PM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 00:25:04-05

Firefighters rescued a man who was 40 feet underground in north Scottsdale Tuesday.

The incident happened near 122nd Street and Rio Verde Drive.

According to officials, the man is about 30 years old and suffered a broken leg and ankle after falling at least 25 feet while laying drainage pipes.

Air15 video showed a basket was lowered into the shaft and the man was lifted out. Scottsdale firefighters said seven other people, two coworkers who went in to help and five first responders, were inside the hole and needed to be hoisted out.

Crews from Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and Glendale also responded to the scene and helped secure the area to make it safe for the injured man and the rescue team before they could get to work.

"We always look for energized electrical equipment or any utilities, liquids, water in the area and that changes how we go into it," explains Capt. Gary Burns who was on scene during the rescue.

Fire officials said the man was flown to a nearby hospital in a Department of Public Safety helicopter in stable condition.

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