Man rescued after falling into salt pile in New Hampshire

A man was rescued after being trapped in a giant salt pile for several hours in Newington, New Hampshire Monday, officials said.

A 43-year-old independent contractor working for Morton Salt at Sprague Energy fell 20 to 25 feet into the pile early in the afternoon, officials said. The man was conscious and alert while he was stuck and was eventually rescued around after three hours.

“The hole is approximately 18 inches wide or so, so he was very tight in there,” Fire Chief EJ Hoyt said. ” He was able to talk the whole time, we had plans in place as far as breathing air if we needed to get it down there for him.”

The man was removing some tarps when he lost his footing. The hole in the salt was created by an abundance of rainwater.

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