Metro

BRAINTREE

Braintree firefighters rescue man from church duct

Advertisement

A member performing maintenance at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Braintree survived an 18-to-20-foot fall down an air shaft Thursday and was trapped in the ventilation duct for approximately 45 minutes while firefighters maneuvered to rescue him, Lieutenant Joe McLaughlin said. Firefighters climbed more than 8 feet, then crawled more than 25 feet through the duct, which was less than 4 feet by 4 feet, to reach the victim, McLaughlin said. Once they located the victim, McLaughlin said responders slid him out on a board. According to McLaughlin, the victim, who was taken to South Shore Hospital, appeared to have suffered no injuries worse than a possible broken bone. Firefighters train for confined space rescues, but rarely perform them, McLaughlin said.

Nicholas Jacques can be reached at nicholas.jacques@globe.com.
Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com