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Firefighters rescue 16-year-old who was submerged shoulder-deep in grain silo

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 13:56:55-04

The Waco Fire Department said they have successfully rescued a 16-year-old who was submerged up to his armpits in a grain silo.

The teenager, who sustained only minor injuries, was cleaning out the bin when the funnel pulled his feet down, trapping him around 8:30 a.m., said Ronny Liardon, captain of Clifton Fire Department.

Liardon said it was not a life-threatening situation.

Because there were no grain rescue boards available, crews improvised and used materials on hand to build their own. The teenager was surrounded with the boards as crews used a shop vacuum to remove the grain around him until he was clear enough to be pulled out, Liardon said.

The incident happened on Thursday morning in Clifton near Avenue D and FM 219.

Clifton Fire Department was assisted by Waco Fire Department technical crewmembers,  North Bosque EMS and the Meridian Fire Department.

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