A man was transported to the hospital last Thursday after falling into a water tank at the Winder water treatment plant.
Emergency services personnel were dispatched to 780 Gainesville Highway just before 10 a.m. on March 25.
First arriving crews found a male patient in a water tank.
“The patient had fallen approximately 15 feet into 40 degree water and had suffered injuries from the fall,” said Barrow County Emergency Services public information officer Lt. Scott Dakin.
Due to the technical aspects of the rescue, assistance was requested from Winder Fire Department. Barrow County Battalion 1 and Winder Rescue 1 responded to the scene to assist in the rescue efforts.
Hazardous material at the bottom of the tank presented an additional danger to both the patient and rescuers.
Crews with Barrow County Emergency Services and Winder Fire Department set up the necessary equipment to perform the technical rescue and initiated patient care. Approximately one hour after falling into the tank, the patient was rescued and transported by Med 6 to an area hospital.
“This specialized technical rescue was of the type that does not happen often in Barrow County,” Dakin said. “It is the type of call that shows you the quality of personnel with both departments and what can be accomplished when Barrow County Emergency Services and Winder Fire Department work closely together. We also want to thank Winder Fire Department as they had the necessary technical rescue equipment to make this possible.”