Worker rescued after falling into pit at water treatment plant

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BUCKEYE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Firefighters Tuesday morning were called to the scene of a confined space rescue in Buckeye Valley, after a worker fell into a pit at a water treatment facility. Just after 9:00 a.m., crews were able to pull that man to safety.

The worker fell about eight feet, and was trapped on a narrow concrete ledge. He was surrounded by deep water on both sides.

Bruce Haffner flew overhead in the Penguin Air News Chopper to give us perspective on the scene, as technical rescue crews moved in for the precarious rescue.

"The rescue itself, the crews train and prepare for all the time," says Bob Costello, Buckeye Fire Chef. "There are just a lot of pieces we have to take into consideration."

The worker was said to be responsive and talking, as crews worked to lift him out. Rescuers stabilized the man, and were able to put a backboard beneath him.

Crews then lowered a basket, and used a crane to lift him slowly and carefully to safety. Ground ambulances were waiting to transport him to the hospital.

"At this time, the patient is out of the hole," firefighters were heard saying on the scanner.

Stay tuned to 3TV for the latest updates.