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Man taken to hospital following trench rescue in Loris

Emergency crews are on the scene of an apparent trench rescue in Loris. (Source: George Umbenhauer) Emergency crews are on the scene of an apparent trench rescue in Loris. (Source: George Umbenhauer)
Emergency crews are on the scene of an apparent trench rescue in Loris. (Source: George Umbenhauer) Emergency crews are on the scene of an apparent trench rescue in Loris. (Source: George Umbenhauer)

LORIS, SC (WMBF) – Emergency crews are on the scene in the Loris area for an apparent trench rescue.

A WMBF News crew on scene reported a man was removed from the trench around 10:10 p.m., and was being washed off before being airlifted to an area hospital.

Horry County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Mike Norket said the man was stuck in mud and water while in the trench, or hole.

The rescue operation took several hours because crews had to make the area around the hole safe to get to him, according to Norket.

He added Suction equipment was used, as were buckets, shovels and what not to get rid of the mud, sand and water to stabilize the area around the hole.

Once the area was stable, rescuers were able to pull the man out by hand. Man was being cared for throughout the ordeal and was conscious, according to Norket. 

HCFR Chief Justin Gibbins said public works was heading out to evaluate the trench, which was on private property.

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