SOUTH PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - We're on top of developing news Tuesday morning out of South Palm Beach. Fire Rescue Crews spent more than two and a half hours trying to save a worker overnight. This all happened just before 12:30 this morning at the 35 hundred block of South Ocean Boulevard in south Palm beach.
Fire Rescue tells us a man was working on a west Palm Beach water main. When the trench that the crew dug collapsed trapping him. They say a power box near the trench actually shored it up keeping it from collapsing further and burying the man.
Crews say they had a tough time saving the man because his foot actually got lodged underneath the water pipe. And that wasn't the only problem. "We had a problem with rising water I think associated with the tides in the ocean in addition to the ground water. In addition to being trapped we had a water rising issue, so we were having to de-water the hole constantly. We also had the potential for a collapse on the rescuers as well which created a shoring concern that we were able to handle."