12 Jul 2018

Man freed from South Otago grain silo

12:54 pm on 12 July 2018

By George Block for Otago Daily Times

A 45-year-old man has been lifted out of a grain silo near Balclutha after becoming trapped this morning.

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Photo: Supplied / Otago Regional Council

An Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter was dispatched shortly before midday after police received reports the man had fallen into the silo, in the Hillend Area, near the intersection of Hillend and Coe Rds, north of Balclutha.

St John spokesman Gerard Campbell said the rescue helicopter carrying a specialist paramedic landed at 12.15pm.

A police spokeswoman said about 12.30pm the man had now been lifted out of the ''nearly empty'' grain silo but his injuries remained unknown.

Mr Campbell said the helicopter left the scene at 12.33pm and was en route to Dunedin Hospital with the man on board. His status remained unknown.

A woman living nearby said there were three dairy farms in the area of the incident, all with silos.

This article was originally published on the Otago Daily Times