Lakewood, WA — At approximately 3:30pm (July 1, 2008) the Lakewood Fire Department responded to a call for a confined space rescue at Western State Hospital. Earlier in the day, a worker was clearing a sewage line in a manhole approximately sixteen feet deep. A grinder at the bottom of the hole caught the worker‚Äôs glove and amputated two of his fingers. Medic 21 responded to this call and Airlift Northwest transported the worker to the hospital.
After the worker was transported, Lakewood Fire Department was dispatched to Western State Hospital to recover the missing fingers. This activated a confined space response, in which the Pierce County Special Operations Team was dispatched. Rescue Technicians from Lakewood, Gig Harbor, University Place, Puyallup and East Pierce Fire Departments responded to help with man power and recovery.
Rescue Technicians from Lakewood Fire Department and University Place Fire Department entered the manhole in attempts to recover the missing fingers. At this time, they have not been recovered, but crews are attempting to retrieve them.