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ghosttruck

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ESTACADA, Ore. — Firefighters in Estacada rescued a woman they said was trapped in a septic tank possibly for two to three days. They said she had to be flown to the hospital.

Rescuers said they found her lying in raw sewage with her face just above it in a tank outside her rural home, which is about five miles northeast of Estacada. Officials said she lives there alone.

"It can be definitely a scary situation, especially sitting at the bottom of a septic tank and you don't know that anybody's coming to get you," Nick Wettlaufer, an engineer/paramedic, told a KATU reporter Thursday.

Many homes in rural areas use underground septic tanks as a kind of private sewer to process and treat waste.


"Nobody would've heard her up there," said Richard Anderson, a division chief for Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69, which responded to the incident. "The next closest house was a couple of thousand feet away."

Anderson told KATU the call came Tuesday afternoon from the woman's daughter who hadn't heard from her mother since Friday.

"She got concerned and went up to check on her ... and found her inside of the septic tank," he said. "It looks like there was work being done on the septic tank. There was a tractor in the area and a hole had been dug exposing the tank. And then she had fallen through about a 2-foot by 2-foot hole in kind of the rusted metal top of the tank."

Anderson said to complete the operation they called in for reinforcements from Clackamas Fire's confined space rescue team.

"That requires a lot of additional training, skills, equipment, air monitoring, ventilation, those types of things," he explained.
 

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Cladd

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Gotta be said...

What a shitty situation.

Pretty sure they didnt train for something like this. And no amount of Vicks under the nose is going to stop THAT smell from getting up their nose.

Blech :banghead::arghh:
 

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Babs

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Gag, gag, gag! Gives a whole new meaning to being in deep shit! And vomit as well, I'm sure. Blech!
 

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