Scotland Neck farmer stuck waist-deep in grain silo rescued

1December 2021

— Firefighters and local farmers worked together to rescue a man from a grain silo in Halifax County on Tuesday.

According to the Scotland Neck Fire Department, a farmer was performing a check on his equipment around 2 p.m. when he became stuck in the silo. Grains covered him up to his knees, officials said.

The farmer first called his sons for help, and the fire department was called around 7:30 p.m., once the farmer became waist-deep in the grains.

Local farmers, including a consultant from Perdue Farms, assisted multiple emergency departments in the rescue efforts, including Scotland Neck, Enfield and Hobgood fire departments, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and Halifax County EMS.

There was approximately 9 feet of grain in the silo at the time of the incident, firefighters said. Firefighters were able to get the door to the bin opened at the top, and local farmers used a grain vacuum to help remove the grains.

The farmer was able to walk out of the silo on his own and was transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution, firefighters said.

Officials said the farmer was awake and alert the entire time.

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