Engineer hurt after falling into hole

AN engineer was airlifted from a field this morning after falling into a deep hole filled with water.The air ambulance and a land ambulance were dispatched to Wix Road in Stones Green, near Clacton, after the man called 999 at about 8.

By Roddy Ashworth

AN engineer was airlifted from a field this morning after falling into a deep hole filled with water.

The air ambulance and a land ambulance were dispatched to Wix Road in Stones Green, near Clacton, after the man called 999 at about 8.50am.

Aircrew Paramedic Laurie Phillipson said: “The patient was an engineer who tests power cables, and he'd been walking across the field when he suddenly fell into a deep hole, which was filled with water starting about six feet from the top.


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“The 49-year-old Clacton man said that when he became submerged up to his waist, he couldn't feel any ground under his feet.”

The engineer managed to tread water and then climb out by gripping the rough sides of the hole, Mr Phillipson said.

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“When we assessed the man we found he'd suffered a possible fracture to his shoulder, but otherwise he appeared to be uninjured.

“He was understandably quite shaken because the accident had happened in a secluded area where no one would have known to come to his rescue had he not had his mobile phone.”

Ambulance staff administered pain relief and splinted the engineer's shoulder at the scene before airlifting him to Colchester General Hospital.

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