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Grain bins are a dangerous structure on farms. If you fall in, the pressure can suck you in and it can sometimes be nearly impossible to get back out.

Moravia Fire and Rescue via Facebook
Moravia Fire and Rescue via Facebook
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Luckily, this wasn’t the case during a grain bin rescue on Monday.

At around 10:30 am the Appanoose County officials received a 911 call about a grain bin entrapment in rural Moravia, Iowa. By the time Moravia Fire & Rescue arrived on the scene, people on the scene were able to get a rope around the victim’s body as well as use a sheet of tin to block some of the grain.

 

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Moravia Fire and Rescue via Facebook
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When arriving on the scene, the Moravia Fire & Rescue team was able to build a grain bin rescue tube around the victim to help protect them from being covered by grain.

In a perfect world, says the Moravia Fire & Rescue, the tube would slide down his whole body and the grain would be augured or bucketed out of the tube which would free him. However, in this scenario, the department explained, the victim was next to a six-inch vac which prevented the tube from sliding down all the way. The tube was able to get the grain off the victim’s torso, not their legs.

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Moravia Fire and Rescue via Facebook
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Centerville Fire Rescue then used their tube as a blockade between the victim and the doorway two feet away.

With the help of an on-site grain vac, a grain vac from a nearby farmer, triangle cuts in the grain, and grain bin rescue equipment, the victim was able to crawl out of the bin.

Moravia Fire and Rescue via Facebook
Moravia Fire and Rescue via Facebook
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Moravia Fire and Rescue via Facebook
Moravia Fire and Rescue via Facebook
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