Person pulled from grain bin after hours-long rescue in Union Co.

Person pulled from a grain bin in Kentucky after hours-long rescue. (Source: WFIE)
Published: May. 4, 2022 at 12:14 PM CDT
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STURGIS, Ky. (WFIE) - Rescue crews were called out just before noon Wednesday in Sturgis.

Fire officials say a person became trapped in a grain bin off State Route 492.

The bins are owned by Omer Farms.

We’re told Doug Omer was stuck.

His daughter tells us he was conscious and breathing while crews worked to get him free.

Officials say he hit a “hot spot” when he was inside. That’s a pocket of air under the grain that can suck you down.

Crews were originally planning to cut a hole in the bin, but instead used a grain vacuum to suck the grain around him and then pulled him out.

He was finally freed just before 4:30 p.m. and loaded in a medical helicopter.

Officials say one other person was briefly trapped up to his knees, but was quickly pulled out. They say he tried to help Omer before emergency crews could arrive.

Grain bin rescue in Sturgis
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