Fort Walton Beach Fl. Rope rescue

Fort Walton Beach- A construction worker who suffered a medical emergency was rescued Tuesday afternoon from a tank at a pump station under construction near Robinwood Drive and Hollywood Boulevard, according to Ocean City-Wright firefighters.

Rescuers were called to the scene about 3:30 p.m., according to a news release from the Ocean City-Wright Fire Department. Fort Walton Beach firefighters climbed about 30 feet down a ladder to reach the unconscious victim and render ALS care. Ocean City-Wright and Fort Walton Beach firefighters and members of the Okaloosa County Special Operations Unit built a rescue system and a backup unit using rope, pulleys and other hardware. The system was assembled 35 minutes after the Special Operations Unit arrived and the victim was hoisted in a rescue basket from the tank. The patient, who was conscious by then, was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

By LAUREN DELGADO / Daily News
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 21:27 PM.
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