Watch Firefighters Use a Tripod to Rescue a Woman Who Fell Into a Septic Tank

A woman in Versailles, Indiana, who’d fallen into a septic tank was recently rescued by firefighters, using a tripod and rope rigged above the tank. WKRC News recorded footage of the rescue, which you can check out here.

The resident who fell into the tank, Judy Meinert, says she had walked down some steps off her patio when the rain-soaked ground beneath her gave way and she fell into a hole.

Meinert’s daughter — who has special needs and is nonverbal — discovered her, understood she needed help and got a neighbor to follow her back to the site of the accident, according to WKRC News.

After that, a call was made to the Versailles Fire Department while Meinert tried not to sink farther into the tank. Firefighters showed up with a rescue harness, rope and tripod and pulled her from the tank.

“It's the first time we got somebody out of a septic tank, but we use the equipment before on other rescues,” Fire Chief Ben Sieverding tells the news station.


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