A 25-year-old St John man is counting his lucky stars tonight after escaping with his life after falling into a 43-foot sewer.
Gall Hill, St John resident Zico Haynes was working at Long Bay, St Philip earlier this afternoon when he accidently fell into the septic tank.
Haynes escaped with lacerations to his left leg and right heel and was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance for treatment.
According to Station Sergeant Clarence Hinds of the Barbados Fire Service, they received the call around 1:45 p.m.
Hinds also told Barbados TODAY that the operation was difficult but they eventually rescued Haynes around 4:13 p.m., more than three hours later.
“It was a challenging rescue because of the depth of the well. There was galvanize in the well so I had to manoeuvre around the galvanize to get to him,” the fire official said, pointing out that there was “debris that came out the well so that made it a bit more difficult but we got him out the well.”
He urged Barbadians to be more careful when dealing with wells and to be more “conscious leaving things like that open.
“Make sure they are properly covered,” he said, while stressing that “at 43 feet, he [Haynes] is lucky to be alive”.
Eight fire officers and two fire tenders from Bridgetown and St John fire stations responded to the incident.