A man was successfully rescued from a grain bin after become trapped Tuesday morning.
Mentone Fire, Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory, Tippecanoe Township, Rochester Fire, Mentone Police & Lutheran EMS all responded to the call for a grain bin rescue at S.R. 25 on the border of Kosciusko and Fulton Counties.
Mentone Fire Chief Mike Yazel tells News Now Warsaw workers were unloading a bin when the man got surrounded by grain.
Crews used tactical trench cave-in equipment to make the rescue, which took about 40 minutes.
Yazel says they used segmented tube to pull the victim out while moving the grain away from him.
“We had rope rescue tactical team from Warsaw here and Rochester’s aerial,” he says.
Yazel points out that Mentone Fire wouldn’t have the grain bin rescue equipment if it weren’t for a generous donation from the Wise farm.
“This farm actually, the Wise farm, gave us money for our grain rescue equipment and they let us train here. This is the first time that we used it and it happened to be on this farm,” he explains.
Yazel says grain bin emergencies are very dangerous, and that the man stopped moving when he became stuck, which may have contributed to him surviving the incident.