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Man found in Durham sinkhole was 'uncontrollably shaking'

Posted November 28, 2016

— A 911 call released Monday revealed new information about a man who was pulled from a 12-foot deep sinkhole in Durham after being trapped for hours.

"No one is around and he is down in the hole and he's screaming," a 911 caller said.

Redwood Volunteer Fire officials said the incident happened Sunday morning on a road near Falls Lake. The man was stuck in mud and cried for help. A nearby fisherman heard the man's calls for help and contacted authorities.

"He was just uncontrollably shaking," said Chief Randy Clements. "He had obviously been very cold for a long period of time; was shaking just uncontrollably. He couldn't really verbalize other than he kept saying he was OK and was not hurt."

Firefighters climbed into the hole and lowered a backboard and basket.

"We laid him in that, placed it on top of the ladder, tied it in, tied the patient in, and then took a rope and slid him up," Clements said.

The sinkhole is located on an isolated stretch of road.

"Whoever basically heard him most likely saved his life," Clements said.

The victim, whose name was not available, was taken to a local hospital. It's unclear how the man fell in.

As of Monday evening, Redwood Road remained closed and the hole was fenced off with bright plastic fencing.


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  • Janet Ghumri Nov 29, 2016
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    Another lesson for all the looky-loos out there. Don't drop your "I'm stupid" sign while checking out the giant, roped off, clearly marked, massive hole on a remote stretch of road. Where was this guys car? Cell phone? Jacket? It just makes no (logical) sense. The 911 caller should be commended, for not laughing. Smh

  • Keri Kennedy Nov 29, 2016
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    Come on the only part of the story anyone cares about is how the guy missed all the yellow tape, netting and cones AND the giant hole in the ground.

    Sure hope he caught that Pokemon.

  • Jerry Powell Nov 29, 2016
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    Now comes the lawsuit....