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Man Rescued From Watery Ditch Near Lake Linganore

The 49-year-old man, from Pennsylvania, was working in a ditch along the roadway when a water pipe broke, causing the ditch to fill with water, trapping him inside.
NEW MARKET, Md. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Office along with Frederick, Howard and Montgomery Counties Fire and Rescue Services have rescued a man who was trapped waist-deep in a watery ditch. 

Deputies say the rescue was called in at 3:07 p.m. Tuesday on Eaglehead Drive near North Shore Drive in Lake Linganore.

The 49-year-old man, from Pennsylvania, was working in a ditch along the roadway when a water pipe broke, causing the ditch to fill with water, trapping him in mud and construction debris. Officials say the man was pinned waist deep. 

At 6:20 p.m. WHAG's Jennifer Lee witnessed crews pulling the man out and on to a stretcher.

Fire Chief Director Denise Pouget of Frederick County's Fire & Rescue says the man was in stable condition and flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

"It was a long and very methodical process because you have to shore the trench and keep working with the patient and lower someone, help the patient and continue to try to hoist the patient out," says Pouget.

Pouget says the team had to work very fast, but at the same time carefully because of possible airway issues for the trapped man.

Residents who live in the area say there was a large sinkhole on that same road a couple months ago, and there has been construction on the site since.
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