Two Workers Trapped in Potomac Trench Rescued

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    Two workers stuck up to their shoulders in wet mud inside a Potomac trench were rescued just after 8 p.m. Thursday. News4's Shomari Stone reports. (Published Thursday, Aug 14, 2014)

    Two workers stuck up to their shoulders in wet mud inside a Potomac trench were rescued just after 8 p.m. Thursday.

    According to Pete Piringer with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, the accident happened in the 10900 block of Martingale Court around 5 p.m. Thursday while a crew of four men were working on the foundation of a home.

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    Suddenly, the ground collapsed under their feet, trapping two of them in several feet of wet mud. A third co-worker went to a home next door and asked for help. 

    A technical rescue team and an urban search and rescue team worked for about three hours stabilizing the hole and pumping air down to talk to the men.

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    "We were preparing for an extended operation, a protracted operation, and it was over pretty quickly," Piringer said. 

    Both workers were treated at a local hospital and released.

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