Man Trapped in Hole for 24 Hours Rescued

Rescuers have finally freed the man who became stuck in a six foot deep hole.
3:00 | 08/19/12

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We turn now to that strange and dramatic story over night. The man trapped in this hole. Cameras were rolling the entire time. Ron is back with that story. Some horseback riders were out for a ride in a remote part of southern california. A man lodged in 6 x 8 deep hole in the ground. He was lucky to be found and even luckier to get out alive. You can hear the screams, the man finally on the verge of freedom. 24 hours before he somehow ended up down here inside this irrigation sump. We got a 45-year-old male who's fallen into a irrigation pump. In over his head, nowhere to move. The man was stuck. He has been in there, approaching 24 hours. Reporter: This hole about 40 miles from the nearest town. Some horseback riders passing nearby heard his screams. With temperatures near 100 degrees, rescuers worked into the night to free him. We'll try to get him out in a standing position. Reporter: Watch as a harness was lowered into the hole. The man inside was able to gasp it, just as he was inches from freedom, he got stuck. Unable to squeeze through. Until the rescuers pulled out a jackhammer. And made the hole even bigger, fin finally the man was freed. Shaken but alive. Very shaken. But alive. The man whose name we don't know is okay. It's still unclear how he got stuck. It's possible that he was trying to retrieve something that fell into that hole. Very lucky man, ron, thanks.

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