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Trapped Farmer And EMS Responder Pulled To Safety

BULLOCH COUNTY, GA -

UPDATE 2/14/13 8:43

A trapped Statesboro farmer and an emergency responder have been pulled to safety and have been transported to the hospital after being trapped inside of a grain bin tonight.

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UPDATE 2/14/13 6:28

Kelly Barnard with the Bulloch County EMA tells News 3 that an emergency responder is now stuck in the silo as well.

He is also alert and conscious.

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UPDATE 2/14/13 5:47 PM

According to the Associated Press, the farmer sank past his waist into the soybeans and could not pull himself free. 

Rescue workers have a harness around him so he won't sink any further while the beans are drained from the silo.

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UPDATE 2/14/13 5:37 PM

The rescue operation is still on-going at this hour. 

70 first responders are working to free the man and a Strike Team from Savannah Fire is on the way.

The Emergency Management Agency tells us the man is still inside the 40 foot silo. 

They are drilling holes into the sides of the bin to slowly let the grain out. 

Officials say it's a long process because the silo is so large.

Deputies and officers are on scene directing traffic and trying to keep gawkers away.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.

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Efforts are underway in Bulloch County to rescue a man from a grain bin.

According to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, the man, believed to be in his early 50's, got stuck shortly after noon Thursday at a location on Highway 46 between Jadith Deloach and Redhill Church roads.

The man is alert and conscious and extrication efforts are on-going, authorities said.

It's unclear how the man became trapped or when he will be freed.

Bulloch County Fire and Statesboro Fire are assisting in the rescue.

Stay with News 3 for updates.

 

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