Nearly 50 Firefighters Needed To Rescue Man Who Fell Down Hole In Lake Matthews

Written by Trevor Montgomery

Riverside County News Source

 

A person walking near the intersection of Harley John and Mockingbird Canyon Roads near Lake Mathews fell into a manhole Thursday. The victim suffered a leg injury and was left stuck in the confined space, requiring firefighters to rescue him.

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Photo Credit: Chief Geoff Pemberton

The accident was reported at about 12:35 p.m., near the edge of the unincorporated lake community south of the city of Riverside.

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Area where accident occurred. Click image to enlarge.

Witnesses called 911 to report the victim’s situation and that he reportedly could not get back out of the hole without assistance.

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Photo Credit: Chief Geoff Pemberton

According to April Newman, a spokeswoman for the Riverside County Fire Department, emergency first responders arrived at the location within minutes and discovered the victim, “inside a deep, low-grade hole.”

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Photo Credit: Captain Kemp

Newman said a total of 47 firefighters from four engine companies, two truck companies, and a hand crew, were requested to the scene to set up an extrication operation.

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Photo Credit: Captain Kemp

Newman said the incident required the combined efforts of personnel from American Medical Response, CAL FIRE/Riverside, California Highway Patrol – Inland Division, Riverside County Fire Department and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

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Photo Credit: Captain Kemp

At 1:25 p.m.with the arrival and set up of specialized confined space rescue equipment, a Breathing Support Unit, Riverside County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Support Unit, and the Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR), firefighters were lowered down into the hole.
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Photo Credit: Captain Kemp

According to Newman, the patient was extricated from the hole at 1:46 p.m. and transported to an area hospital with what she described as moderate leg injuries by 2:00 p.m.
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