SFRS rescued man from deep excavation at Eshiels, Peebleshire

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Firefighters and a specialist line rescue team were involved in the rescue of an elderly man

SFRS name line on appliance

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) was sent to assist an elderly man who had fallen into deep excavations at Eshiels, Peebleshire yesterday.

The call was received by control at 4.55pm (24 August 2015) and SFRS was immediately mobilised to the scene.

A fire appliance was sent from Peebles community fire station and upon arrival the casualty was found be lying in a newly dug excavation approximately six metres below ground.

The Incident Commander requested the attendance of a specialist SFRS rope rescue team in order to safely rescue the casualty.

While awaiting the arrival of the rope rescue team SFRS crews rigged in harnesses and using a combination of ropes and ladders descended into the excavation to reassure and render first aid to the casualty, working alongside a Scottish Ambulance Service crew member.

During this period further SFRS crews made sure that the excavation was as stable as possible to prevent any possibility of a collapse of the earth surrounding the area; had this collapsed then this could have caused further injuries and even trap the casualty and firefighters. Conditions within the excavation were relatively stable but collapse could not be ruled out.

The casualty was raised to the surface by the rope rescue team using their specialist skills and equipment, and taken to Borders General Hospital by ambulance.