Albany Firefighters helped in well attempted rescue - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Albany Firefighters helped in well attempted rescue

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Tifton schools get renovations

    Tifton schools get renovations

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:10:57 GMT
    Eighth Street Middle School has new ceilings and renovated hallways, and  Matt Wilson is getting improvements too.More >>
    Eighth Street Middle School has new ceilings and renovated hallways, and  Matt Wilson is getting improvements too.More >>
  • 9-year-old raises funds for Flint RiverQuarium

    9-year-old raises funds for Flint RiverQuarium

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:30:46 GMT
    The Flint RiverQuarium has more funds for feeding its animals thanks to the efforts of one 9-year-old girl.More >>
    The Flint RiverQuarium has more funds for feeding its animals thanks to the efforts of one 9-year-old girl.More >>
  • Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:54:21 GMT
    Information from The Georgia Department of Labor- The Georgia Department of Labor says Metro Albany's unemployment rate increased to 8.7 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4More >>
    The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing. There were 60,500 jobs in Albany in June, down by 300, or 0.5 percent, from 60,800 in May. Most of the loss came in state government and the service-related industries.More >>
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.

Copyright 2013  WALB.  All rights reserved.