A worker stuck inside the Bastrop water tower for several hours was out of the tower and safe, KNOE News in Monroe reported early Wednesday.
BREAKING: The man stuck in the water tower in Bastrop is finally down. A safe ending to a tense situation. pic.twitter.com/sAPPXfKS95— KNOE 8 News (@KNOE8) January 6, 2016
The man, who had been cleaning the inside of the empty tank, was treated for exhaustion and checked by emergency crews on the scene.
Bastrop authorities received a call shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday that the worker was feeling weak and did not have the strength to climb the ladder in the interior to the top of the tank, the Bastrop Enterprise reported. It was unclear how long he had been in the tank prior to the call.
The Bastrop Fire Department, Police Department, ambulance services and Monroe Fire Department responded and coordinated the rescue, using ropes and back boards, the Enterprise reported.
According to Bastrop Fire Department Chief Eric Montgomery, the man is an employee of a company that contracted with Peoples’ Water Company to clean the interior of the structure