Man Rescued From Water Tower in North Carolina

PENDER COUNTY, NC - The New Hanover County Tactical Rescue Team was requested to assist Pender County units with a technical rescue involving a subject having chest pains while working on a water tower under construction.

New Hanover County's Tactical rescue team was dispatched with Rescue 41 from Station 41 and Tower 681 from Station 61 to the scene. Upon arrival the team worked with Pender County units from Pender EMS, Hampstead Fire, Surf City Fire, and Sloop Point Fire to bring the patient down to Airlink, NHRMC's helicopter.

It was determined by Pender EMS paramedics that the patient was stable enough to be brought down by a rescuer in a pick off fashion.

Team members Lt. Ryan Merrill and FF Mark Meylor handled the rigging and rescue while additional team members assisted on the ground.

The patient was brought down to Tower 681, a 100' Aerial Platform truck and then lowered the rest of the way to the ground.

Once on the ground, the patient was transferred to Airlink to be flown to NHRMC.

New Hanover County has a good working relationship with Pender County Fire and EMS units and all involved did an excellent job and safely removed this patient from a dangerous situation.