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First responders rescue Oregon woman who was trapped inside her septic tank for 3 days


'We're a little bit unsure on how she actually ended up down into the tank.'

Image source: KPTV-TV video screenshot

First responders rescued an Oregon woman who had apparently fallen into a septic tank on her property, according to KPTV-TV.

The station reported that she was inside for about three days before firefighters rescued her.

What are the details?

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, had reportedly been doing yard work when she fell into the septic tank.

The woman's family, who hadn't heard from her for a few days, began to worry and drove to her home to determine their mother's whereabouts. They likely didn't expect to find her lying in sewage in her own yard.

"In my entire career, I can't imagine another time this has happened," Division Chief Richard Anderson told KPTV.

"She hadn't been heard from by her family for a couple days, over the weekend, so the family decided to drive up and check on her, and that's when they found her down in the tank and called 911 to get us started to go up there," he added.

"We could see her in the tank," Anderson said, pointing out that firefighters discovered her approximately three feet into the hole. "We could communicate with her. We really just needed to get some resources there."

The woman was able to grab onto one of the rescuer's apparatuses and pull herself up while other responders secured a strap around her to pull her from the hole.

She was transported to a nearby hospital to be checked for injuries. The network reported that the woman is expected to recover from her ordeal.

How did she fall?

Authorities believe that she was doing maintenance work when she fell through the lid of her septic tank.

"There was a tractor on site, a hole had been dug to expose the tank, and it looked like she had fallen through the lid," Anderson said, "but we're a little bit unsure on how she actually ended up down into the tank."

You can watch a video report on the incident here.

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