Man rescued after spending night trapped in 20-foot sinkhole

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Washington (KCPQ) -- Rescuers on Tuesday found and helped a timber worker out of a 20-foot sinkhole, which he had fallen into the day before, authorities said.

The man was cold but in good health, said Grays Harbor Fire District 2 Capt. Larry Willis.

Willis said the man was flagging and marking obstacles along logging roads when he stepped on a "small indentation" and broke through the sinkhole around lunchtime Monday. He had his cellphone on him, Willis said, but reception wasn't good at all.

Man rescued after being trapped in 20-foot sinkhole
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Man rescued after being trapped in 20-foot sinkhole
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People became concerned when he missed a morning meeting Tuesday and they found his truck out in the woods. They started to check the side roads and found him down in the sinkhole.

After a ladder was lowered down, the man climbed up and out of the sinkhole, with a little help, and then drove himself out of the woods.

The Olympia Fire Department, which said the Thurston County Special Operations Rescue Team helped in the rescue, tweeted this photo:


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