Two rescued from grain bin

Friday, July 29, 2016

Emergency responders spent nearly five hours Tuesday afternoon rescuing two men--Nathan Williams, 19, and Craig Beakley, 20, both of Harrisburg--who fell in a grain bin at Ritter Grain Services on Adamson Road in Marked Tree.

According to Marked Tree Dispatch, the call came in at about 11:38 a.m., and the men were rescued around 4:40 p.m.

Search and rescue crews trained in this type of rescue were called in. David Simmons with Riverside Ambulance said when they arrived on the scene, they realized they would need specialized crews to complete the rescue. Greene County Rescue and West Memphis Fire Department were called because they specialize in grain bin extrication.

"Grain bin extrication is a slow process," Simmons said. The crews made strategic cuts in the bin to slowly drain the grain without injuring the men trapped inside.

Both men were alert when they were rescued from the grain bin and were airlifted to a Memphis hospital. As of Wednesday morning, one of the men had been released from the hospital, according to Marked Tree Dispatch.

The Marked Tree Police and Fire Department were joined by several different agencies in working the rescue, including West Memphis Fire Department, Greene County Rescue, Hospital Wing, Riverside Ambulance, Trumann EMS, and Tyronza Police and Fire Departments, Lepanto Fire Departments, and emergency responders out of Jonesboro and Bay.

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