Man rescued from grain bin in central South Dakota

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A man was taken to a hospital after being rescued from a grain bin in central South Dakota last week.

He was tired and weak but was able to communicate with first responders during the incident, according to a news release from the Agtegra Cooperative, which assisted with the rescue on Friday afternoon.

Members of the Highmore Agtegra Technical Rescue Team helped extricate the man.

The incident was southwest of Harrold. Another rescue team from Huron and two rescue trailers were also sent to the incident. The Pierre and Harrold fire departments used rescue tubes to surround the victim and a rescue auger to release the grain pressure from the man's chest, according to the release. Two other tubes and augers were also needed to be used to remove the farmer from the bin.The teams were on sight from about 4 until about 8:30 p.m.

Three entities that had never worked together before displayed great teamwork and communication, Beth Locken, Agtegra director of safety and environmental, said in the release.

"Cutting bins is always a questionable move but our team was able to discuss all potential hazards with the fire departments to help them fully understand issues that can arise from certain cuts," she said.

Grain Bin Dangers A. Never enter a storage bin while unloading grain because flowing grain can pull you in and bury you within seconds; B. Grain kernels may stick together, forming a crust or bridge that isn’t strong enough to support a person’s weight after the grain below it is removed; C. Don’t try to break a grain bridge or blockage loose from inside the bin; D. Try to break up a vertical wall of grain from the top of the bin, not the bottom, because the grain can collapse and bury you.