September 20, 2021

An Indiana man buried it almost alive as an 18-foot-deep muddy trench cave.

Indianapolis construction worker Dustin Lake almost lost his life over the weekend after standing in an 18-foot-deep ditch filled with water in which he was working on a cave and was trapped for hours. went.

The 35-year-old is a veteran on the job, having worked as a construction worker for 14 years. But no experience could prepare him for the “unique situation” that scared him out of his life.

He told reporters he was on a “fear of life or death” that lasted four hours. Due to this, muddy water was trapped underground.

Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) officials said workers were pumping water from a ditch to prepare for the installation of a gutter pipe on 159th Street and Old Talab Road. Dustin and his brother Devin were working on the site that day. The incident happened when Dustin stepped down the stairs and had a strong idea of ​​what he was thinking. But he got into it and before he knew it, he was “tied against the plate.”

“I couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t talk and you know I just started to slow down my breathing. There’s a steel plate under which I was going and I’m starting to move down. And he was crushing me, “he recalled horribly. Trial with Fox 59.

The Noblezoli Fire Department (NFD) and the IFD Trench Rescue Team worked together to rescue Dustin. The operation began at 10:30 a.m. and ended around 2:00 p.m. Rescue workers reportedly threw 2,500 gallons of water out of the trench to protect the ladder. Could give

“We are dealing with unstable soil there with the protection of the trench. We have been called in because there has already been destruction. They were working in the area and they had a lot of water and they did their construction work. We were trying to deprive it of water to carry out the operation, so it complicates our operation as well, “said John Jones, Special Operations Chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department.

“In the worst case scenario, it’s like 60 feet per square foot of depth. So when it does get around the body it can crush it and make it difficult to breathe, so the victim was very lucky.” He was not trapped at a much higher altitude and explained that he was still in the mud, able to maintain an open passage and breathe during the operation.

Devin said there were moments when he thought his brother would be “buried alive.” Thankfully, the operation was successful. Jones also credited him for keeping his brother calm during difficult times. Siblings can’t be more grateful to firefighters. Dustin said he would like to personally thank them in the future.

Dustin Lake Rescue
Photo taken during a four-hour operation to rescue Dustin Lake from an 18-foot-deep ditch. Photo for: Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) Official Twitter Page
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