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article imageThe strange case of the man in the hole puzzles police

By Lynn Curwin     Aug 21, 2010 in World
Saskatoon - Police are puzzled over how a man ended up stuck in a hole at a construction site in Saskatchewan. Rescuing him was not easy, as he was wedged in tightly from the waist down.
The 25-year-old man ended up in the hole, which was on a construction site in Saskatoon, early Friday afternoon. No one heard him calling for help until about three hours later.
"A great deal of resources was necessary to remove him," Dan Paulsen, assistant chief of the Saskatoon fire department, told CBC News. "We had heavy equipment ... to open up enough space to actually get down and get the individual out."
Rescue crews tried, unsuccessfully, using a pulley system to get the man out. They then used carefully moved soil from the side of the hole with an earth-digging machine. After that, they were able to hoist the man
“We have no idea of what led to this event, other than the fact that he does not work out here," Paulsen told CBC News.
When he was removed from the hole- which measures a little more than half a metre in diameter and is about two-and-a-half metres deep - the man’s shirt was gone, his trousers were in shreds and he had no shoes.
He was taken to hospital and reported to be in stable condition.
There is fencing around the construction site, and police said they do not believe the man accidentally ended up in the hole.
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