SAN CLEMENTE – A training exercise on rescues turned into the real deal Tuesday afternoon after a man fell into a hole and had to be pulled out.
At about 1 p.m. employees of the South Coast Water District were learning how to do different types of rescues at the agency’s facility on Calle Agua, said Capt. Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority.
During the training, a man in his 40s fell into a 12-foot-deep manhole. Kurtz said firefighters and paramedics were present for the training and were able to quickly get to the man.
“Instructors had enough personnel and equipment to extract the individual,” Kurtz said.
The man was hoisted up with a tripod-type device that was set up outside the manhole. That device sent a line down the hole and pulled him up. He didn’t have serious injuries.
The worker was likely with the water district, although a call to confirm this was not returned.