Firefighting, Structural Firefighting

FDNY Firefighters Rescue MTA Worker Who Fell Down Shaft

Firefighters rescued a man who fell 25 feet down a shaft on a street in Brooklyn Wednesday, reports CBS New York.

Rescuers hoisted the man on a backboard through an open grate at Fulton and Downing Streets in Fort Greene.

The incident took place at around 11:30 a.m.

Officials say the man is an MTA worker who was running a power cable. The worker was tethered to a rope and leaning over an open grate when the rope broke, plunging him down the shaft.

Fire Chief John Rozas said the man plunged head first.

“He was pretty seriously injured. We put a backboard on him, and they removed him via high angle rescue,” Rozas said.

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