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Athens firefighters rescue inmate worker who plunged into creek bed

Just one day after practicing steep-incline rescue techniques, Athens firefighters put their skills to the test Wednesday morning to rescue an inmate worker who was riding a mower that fell into a creek bed, according to the Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services Department.

Just after 10 a.m a county landscape worker called 911 to report the accident off Lem Edwards Road, where the inmate and mower fell some 15 feet into the creek bed while riding over a culvert, fire officials said in a post to their department’s Facebook page.

Engine 29, Rescue 1, and Car 31 responded to the scene where the inmate was assessed for injuries and then stabilized onto a backboard, the post said. “He was then put into a device called a Stokes basket stretcher. Ropes can be tied to the basket in order haul or stabilize a patient going up an incline.”

A Stokes basket that is used for steep-incline rescues

After the patient was taken up the incline, he was transported by National EMS to the hospital where he was further assessed and treated for his injuries, according to the social media post

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