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Apr 7, 2015 2:27 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: One Transported To Stony Brook After Cave-In At Water Mill Construction Site

Apr 8, 2015 12:25 PM

UPDATE: Wednesday, 10:20 a.m.

According to Bridgehampton Fire Department First Assistant Chief Jeff White, the man who was in the trench when the collapse occurred was a member of a crew that was trenching for utility service to a poolhouse on Summerfield Lane in Water Mill.

Mr. White said one of the sides of the 10-foot-deep, narrow trench had caved in, initially leaving the man buried up to his waist in dirt. Other members of the crew did not call for help for about 20 minutes and instead attempted to get him out by digging. Every time they dug, however, the hole kept caving.

By the time the Bridgehampton Fire Department arrived, the man was nearly buried up to his neck.

The Air National Guard was called to the scene because it employs individuals who are trained in trench rescue. The Hampton Bays and Sag Harbor fire departments were also called in for assistance.

The man was eventually removed from the trench with the help of a nearby excavation company, which came to the scene with a small digger to create a hole nearby in which others could deposit dirt from the trench the man was in, in order to get him out.

Mr. White said the man appeared to be uninjured, but that he was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital via medevac to ensure he did not develop hypothermia from being in the ground so long.

UPDATE: 2:55 p.m.

Police said the individual was transported via medevac to Stony Brook University Hospital to be treated for injuries following the ground caving in at a construction site in Water Mill, in which the worker was buried up to his waist.

Police did not know the extent of the man’s injuries.

The Air National Guard, located at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, also responded to the scene, although it is unclear why the entity was deployed.

Original Story

According to Southampton Town Police, an individual was buried up to the waist after the ground caved in at a construction site on Summerfield Lane, off Mecox Road, in Water Mill on Tuesday afternoon. Police did not immediately know if the individual was injured.

The Bridgehampton Fire Department responded to the scene, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will have to as well in order to investigate the work-related incident, police said.

The call came in at 1:28 p.m.

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By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Apr 7, 15 2:31 PM
Something is missing from this story. Getting buried to your waist would only be a serious problem if it were concrete or you were upside down.
By bird (829), Southampton on Apr 7, 15 8:18 PM
...or in a trench..clearly someone who doesnt grasp what emergency first responders face daily
By JMKG228 (12), Southampton on Apr 7, 15 8:26 PM
If you're buried to your waist the trench has already collapsed. What could first responders do that the crew already on site couldn't? And what did the ANG do? Was there a sinkhole and they lowered a sling to get him out? Quicksand maybe? There's still something missing from this story.
By bird (829), Southampton on Apr 7, 15 8:44 PM
Bird getting buried at anytime and amount is dangerous and poses a potential lethal threat to any workers nearby. They were lucky that the trench didnt collapse and cover them. The depth of the trench is not specified. The trench can not only cause a risk to the worker but to the rescuers as well. In the case of a construction site they may encounter bad soils, flooding, electricity gas etc in the space of a trench which would pose obvious dangers seen and unseen.
By Baymen87 (135), Lugoff, SC on Apr 8, 15 8:15 AM
All of your points are valid and reinforce my one and only simple original point that there is something missing from this story.
By bird (829), Southampton on Apr 8, 15 9:21 AM
There isn't a true technical rescue team for a trench collapse until you reach western brookhaven town. It's truly a toss of the dice if you get yourself into a situation like this on the east end if you'll get out alive or not.
By politcal pawn (121), Flanders on Apr 8, 15 7:02 PM