One of the fire brigade personnel, who fell in a pit that caved in during a rescue operation to save a man who had fallen inside the hole in Pune’s in Pimpri Chinchwad area on Sunday, succumbed to injuries. The official has been identified as Vishal Jadhav. At least five people, including three fire brigade personnel, were trapped in the pit. They fell along with a civilian when the ground they were standing on caved in, officials said.
Maharashtra: Five people, including two fire brigade personnel trapped in a hole, that was dug for a drainage line in Dapodi area of Pune. pic.twitter.com/DgBP0cas3T— ANI (@ANI) December 1, 2019
The area in Dapodi was dug up to drain pipes. As night fell, the rescuers lit up floodlights and brought in heavy machines for the rescue operation. Two of the firefighters were rescued while an operation was underway to save the boy and the third fire brigade personnel, a Pimpri Chinchwad civic official said.
"The 15-foot deep trench was dug to lay a sewer line in Dapodi. The child fell in and three firefighters were rushed there after we were alerted. However, during the operation, the soil around caved in, trapping all four. Two firemen have been rescued. Efforts are on to get the other two out as well," he said.