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Man rescued from South Dakota grain bin

March 7, 2020 GMT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A man is recovering after spending hours trapped in a grain bin near Pierre.

KCCR Radio reports that the man became trapped in the bin east of Pierre on Friday afternoon. Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says firefighters arrived to find local residents had tied a rope around the man to keep him from sinking any deeper.

Firefighters tried to free the man by building a wall around him and scooping out the grain inside the wall but Paul said grain kept seeping back in. They ultimately cut holes in the side of the bin to let grain flow out in a controlled release.

Firefighters spent nearly five hours on the scene. The man suffered non-life threatening injuries.