Man rescued from basement in Aberdeen

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Incident in Torry saw firefighters cut a hatch in the floor to lift the casualty up on a stretcher.

SFRS name line on appliance

Firefighters and paramedics worked side-by-side to rescue a man after he fell almost three metres from a floor hatch at a property in Aberdeen this morning (Tuesday 5 August).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were sent to Kirkhill Road in Torry around 9:40am following a call from ambulance control.

Two appliances from North Anderson Drive Community Fire Station were mobilised along with a third from Altens and firefighters reached the scene around five minutes later.

Station Manager Gorden Riddel attended the incident. He said: “The casualty had fallen into the basement through a hatch at the front door of his house and he was about 10 to 12ft down.

“Firefighters and paramedics provided first aid and assessed his condition to determine the best way of bringing him back up.”

He continued: “Our crews used cutting tools to create a larger hatch through to the living room floor, which was big enough for him to be lifted out on a basket stretcher.

“He was conscious throughout the rescue operation, which was a clear example of joined-up working between firefighters and our ambulance colleagues.”

After being released the casualty was moved to an ambulance and taken to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, while SFRS crews remained to make the scene safe.

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