Farmer injured in fall into empty 40ft silo before being trapped for hours

Farmer injured in fall into empty 40ft silo before being trapped for hours

The incident happened in Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire, just before midday and emergency services rushed to the scene to help. The man suffered injuries and was taken to hospital

A farmer fell into an empty 40ft silo this morning and a massive rescue operation was launched to save him as he was trapped for hours.

The incident happened in Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire, just before midday and emergency services rushed to the scene to help.

It is not clear how the man fell into the cylindrical tower, as similar structures usually measure 30 to 50 feet in height.

Bedfordshire Fire Control, with its specialist rope rescue team, said it used a drone and an aerial platform to rescue the man.

The farmer, who was trapped for over three hours before being pulled out, suffered injuries after the fall and was taken to hospital.

His condition is not known at the moment.

Emergency services were called shortly before midday and revealed the man was being taken to hospital for “further care” at 3.30pm.

A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 11.58am with reports of a person who had fallen into a silo in Milton Ernest.

“We sent the Hazardous Area Response Team, one ambulance and two ambulance officers.

“One person is being taken to hospital for further care.”

Earlier today, a Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We were called to an incident at Milton Ernest at 12.04pm to support in a rescue of a farm worker who had fallen into a silo.

“We are working with EEAST to rescue the individual.

“We have sent a number of appliances including our rope rescue team from Dunstable.”

After the man was rescued, Bedfordshire Fire Control tweeted: “We have now rescued a male casualty from the Silo in Milton Ernest, he is now in care of the East of England Ambulance Service.

“A fantastic rescue operation from our crews from Kempston, Dunstable, Bedford and Harrold and amazing teamwork in Bedford Fire Control.”

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