Firefighters from several Central Valley agencies rescued a person who was stuck at the bottom of a 150-foot hole at a winery in Madera County.
The victim was pulled from the three-foot wide hole Saturday morning near Road 24 and Avenue 22, several hours after the victim fell, and was transported to a local hospital.
Madera County Fire officials said joint forces from both Merced and Madera fire and sheriff’s offices worked to rescue the person.
Due to the dangerous nature of the rescue, many factors went into getting the victim to safety. The victim was able to put a harness around their chest, be lifted up to a certain point, and the rescuer and victim came to safety together.
As for how the victim fell, officials say the hole was an “unknown hazard” that was covered by dirt. As workers were in the vineyard, one fell more than 150 feet.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been notified of the incident due to it being a workplace safety hazard.