Officials say man rescued after trapped in grain bin near Lawton

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LAWTON, Iowa (KCAU) — Crews responded to a person trapped in a grain bin near Lawton Monday afternoon.

Authorities responded to a man trapped in grain bin entrapment at 1451 Deleware Avenue outside of Lawton at 1:43 p.m. on Monday. Officials said he was trapped up to his hips in grain.

When responders and deputies arrived, they found two people actively working to free the man trapped in the bin. Before crews could set up to rescue the man, family and other responders were actively working to free the trapped man.

By the time fire crews were getting equipment ready to start the rescue, the man was freed and able to get out of the bin under his own power. There were no injuries reported.

“It was crucial I think in getting him out of the grain bin quickly. And so obviously we want people to take all the precautions that are necessary to be safe, but I think in this case the quick action of people who knew what they were doing was very helpful,” says Sheriff Chad Sheehan of the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office.

Multiple crews responded to the incident, including the WCSD, Woodbury County EOC, Lawton Fire, and Moville Fire and Ambulance.

Officials remind farmers to use caution as the planting season for farmers becomes more busy.

“We are so thankful for this outcome. Farming is a dangerous profession,” said Sheriff Sheehan. “We will be seeing a lot more machinery on our highways and roads, please be patient and give them room to work. We should be thankful for what they do for our community and our country. If you see a farmer tell them thank you!”

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