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Man rescued from sinkhole in Montfort, Grant County sheriff says

October 3, 2018

A man who fell into a sinkhole in the village of Montfort Tuesday was rescued from the 25-foot deep hole by a neighbor and local rescue workers.

The incident happened in the driveway of his home in the 200 block of Mineral Street, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man was identified as Brandon Post, 36, of Montfort.

The ground under the driveway gave way about three feet out from the garage.

“The man was trapped in the hole for about 30 minutes as he screamed for help,” said Sheriff Nate Dreckman. “The hole kept giving way, going deeper underground.”

A neighbor heard the cries for help and put a step ladder into the sinkhole, but Post wasn’t able to use the ladder since the soil was unstable and the hole was too deep.

“The neighbor then backed up his truck to the hole and put a log chain on the truck frame, throwing the other end to the man in the hole so he could stabilize himself while he called 911,” Dreckman said.

Montfort Fire and EMS and a deputy responded to the scene.

“The area around the hole was very unstable and the walls continued to collapse as they worked to free the man,” Dreckman said.

A strap was lowered to Post, with a rope attached to the strap, enabling the first responders to pull the man to safety.

He was evaluated at the scene by paramedics and didn’t need transport to a hospital.

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