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Pine River man rescued from silo

Pine River Volunteer Fire Department

Firefighters in Lincoln County worked for more than an hour to rescue a man trapped inside a silo Monday night.

The Pine River Fire Department says the man doing some maintenance when he got caught in the auger.

He was injured and trapped about 30 feet off the ground.

Firefighters and paramedics went in from the top.

They had to open up the silo top more to lower a basket down to the man.

The were able to load him into and lower him to the ground.

He was then loaded into a helicopter and flown to the hospital.

The Fire Department said his injuries were severe.

A Facebook post said, “Chief John Uttech noted that over a dozen volunteer and career firefighters were on the scene, four of which are certified fire instructors. None of them had ever seen, much less had ever heard of an actual recovery of a viable patient from an incident such as this. Uttech said if it were not for the tremendous teamwork on the scene this would have never had a positive ending.”

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.