Firefighting, Technical Rescue

Firefighters Rescue Plumber Stuck for 13 Hours in Oakland Trench

Crews rescued a plumber early Wednesday morning, after he was stuck in a muddy and collapsed trench in East Oakland for more than 13 hours, reports CBS San Francisco.

According to authorities, the plumber — identified as Rogelio Esparza — was working on a 10-foot sewer line near 21st Avenue and East 24th Street when the trench surrounding him collapsed about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Rescuers had to shore up the trench before pulling him to safety. As they were working to free him, rescuers gave the plumber pain medication and talked to him.

Esparza was pulled to safety around 2 a.m. and was not hurt. He was taken to Highland Hospital and was in good condition. He is hoping to be released later Wednesday.

“I want to say thank you to all the neighborhood to be waiting for this. We are very happy with him,” said Juan Coronado, foreman of Star Rooter and Plumbing.

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