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Crews rescue worker off water tower


Rescue crews from Tattnall County and as far away as Fort Stewart and Ware County helped bring a collapsed maintenance worker from the top of a city water tower.

The worker was part of a crew doing scheduled work on the City of Cobbtown's 135 foot tall water tower. The work started Tuesday morning. Cobbtown fire chief Larry Collins said crew members were going back and forth up the tower when they could not reach one of the team.

"He'd been working inside the tank but make it out to the walkway," Collins said. "He probably overheated."

Local EMT and rescue personnel climbed to the walkway to revive him. While he regained consciousness, they did not want to risk him climbing down under his own power. Collins said the man worked for Pittsburgh Tanks, a company the chief said does similar repairs all over the country.

Fort Stewart teams brought a 100 foot platform truck in hopes they could get the worker down to the platform and lower him the rest of the way. But lightning halted that plan and team members eventually climbed the tower ladder and brought him down manually. They harnessed the man to one of the rescue workers and lowered the two with ropes and harnesses down the caged ladder.

The worker was taken to an emergency room for treatment.

"It's great when everyone can work together and it turns out like this," Collins noted.

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