Farmer found waist-deep in grain silo rescued after 5 hours, NC officials say

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A North Carolina farmer had to be rescued after spending more than five hours trapped inside a grain silo.

The man had gone inside to check his equipment around 2 p.m. when he got stuck, according to the Scotland Neck Fire Department. He was covered up to his knees in corn, officials said, and called to his sons for help.

His sons called firefighters around 7:30 p.m. when the man sank deeper into the grain — this time up to his waist, according to a news release. Scotland Neck crews, joined by the Enfield Fire Department, Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, local farmers and others, arrived to help get the farmer out.

Crews also contacted emergency management officials and a consultant from Perdue, who provided a grain coffer dam, firefighters said.

“There was approximately 9-12 feet of grain in the silo at the time of the incident,” officials said in the release. “The patient was secured and the fire dept. was able to put the grain bin rescue tube in place and begin removing grain until the door to the bin could be opened at the top.”

Other farmers at the scene used a vacuum to help remove the corn.

Officials said the man was able to walk out of the silo on his own but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Scotland Neck is about 85 miles northeast of Raleigh.

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