AUSTIN, Texas — Search and rescue crews extricated a person trapped deep inside an 18-inch storm drain in east Austin on Thursday night.
The dramatic rescue was caught on video.
Members of the Austin Fire Department, Austin Fire Department's Search and Rescue, and Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) were on scene shortly after 7 p.m. in the area of East 12th Street and Curve Street.
Initial reports indicated a person was stuck in a horizontal waterway and was unable to get out, according to ATCEMS.
Multiple search and rescue crew members entered the storm drain system on tag lines in an attempt to make contact with the person, who they had intermittent verbal contact with, and was believed to be at least 55 feet into the drainage system.
The person was extricated from the storm drain system using a ropes system and transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious, potentially life-threatening medical complaints, stated ATCEMS.
FINAL UPDATE Trench Rescue at E 12th St / Curve St: Check out this awesome video from the scene, captured by an #ATCEMS commander, as the patient was being extricated. We’d like to give a shout out to our partners at @AustinFireInfo for their hard work! #TeamworkMakesTheDreamWork pic.twitter.com/yjbQPe5CCp— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) May 22, 2020
Technical Rescue on 12th St. Rescuers have entered storm water system from multiple locations in attempt to reach subject that is in an 18 inch pipe under the street. @ATCEMS pic.twitter.com/jSIJmQ1A0N— Austin Fire Info (@AustinFireInfo) May 22, 2020