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Man rescued after falling into pit near casino site
A man rescued by firefighters early Saturday morning suffered from severe hypothermia after falling into a water-filled pit near the Isle of Capri casino construction site in Cape Girardeau.
About 15 firefighters from Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City used a metal basket and a system of ropes and pulleys to pull the victim up. He fell off a catwalk at the Mill Street pumping station about 40 feet into a pit with about two feet of water in it, said battalion chief Mark Starnes.
The man was accompanied on the catwalk by a woman who called for help when he fell at 1:46 a.m. Saturday.
Following the rescue, which took about two hours, he was taken to Saint Francis Medical Center for treatment.
The identity of the man is not being released, but Starnes said he was not employed by the casino or any of its contractors.
This was the first time the Cape Girardeau Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team was activated, Starnes said, adding that the rescue went smoothly.