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Albany Firefighters helped in well attempted rescue

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Four Albany Firefighters were part a South Georgia emergency task force that went to Coffee County over the weekend to try to save a man trapped in a well he was digging.

50 year old Geronimo Delgado was buried in the 15 foot deep hole Saturday morning. Dozens of members of the Georgia Search and Rescue Team were called to help because of their special training in well and trench collapses.

Lt. Ricky Thompson was one of four Albany Firefighters who worked in the 20 hour rescue attempt.  "Shoring up the walls of the hole was the biggest thing," said Albany Fire Department Lt. Ricky Thompson.  "To try to make it safe for rescuers to try to go in the hole to get him out. But the soil was real sandy and it made it very difficult to achieve that."

The rescue attempt was unsuccessful. Delgado died shortly before rescuers got him out. Lt. Thompson said he hopes the experience the Georgia Search and Rescue Team got will help them save lives in the future.

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