London Fire Brigade

Woolwich – underground rescue

09 November 2011

Firefighters were called to rescue a man who had fallen down a manhole cover at a building site yesterday.

The man fell three metres off a ladder that was 20 metres below ground level. Firefighters used specialist rescue gear, including ropes to rescue the man and bring him to safety. The man had injured his leg and was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service.

The Brigade was called at 1417 and the incident was over by 1614.  There were two fire engines (one from New Cross fire station and one from Sidcup) and two fire rescue units (one from Bethnal Green and one from Bexley) at the scene, along with around 20 firefighters.