A man who got trapped for five hours in a trench after its wall collapsed and almost buried him alive was rescued by firefighters after a lengthy operation.
The 28-year-old man, identified as Marconi Bolanos Rojas, was working in narrow trench in the city of Palmares, in the northern Costa Rican province of Alajuela, which was being built to put a sewage system in for the city.
Suddenly the wall of the trench collapsed and buried him from the waist down. He was not able to get out of there on his own, Luis Fernando Moya, the engineer in charge of the construction site, said.
Moya also said that Marconi was with a workmate inside the trench, but he managed to get out of there without any problem.
Firefighters were called to help in the rescue operation and it took around five hours to rescue him. Actually, firemen took two hours and a half to get his left leg out, but the problem was that the wall was very near the worker and it was thought that it would collapse again, and therefore they decided to work slowly.
Warner Rodriguez, head of firefighters, explained that the firefighters had to lie on the ground for more than an hour to dig the mud with their hands and a tin, as it was the only thing that could be used because the tight space.
According to local media, the worker was given painkillers. "Get me out of here please", Marconi said to firefighters during the rescue operation and they told him to be patient and explained that they needed to work quietly in order to avoid another collapse.
Finally, the man was released and was transferred to the Carlos Luis Valverde Vega hospital, where he was attended for his injuries, but fortunately he was not seriously injured and did not suffer fractures, and is in a stable health state, according to a hospital spokesperson.
12 firefighters participated in the rescue operation, as well as workers from the Red Cross and workers from the city council.