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Man Dies Following Grain Bin Engulfment in South Carolina
USAgNet - 11/06/2019

A rescue attempt has shifted into a recovery mission Monday in South Carolina after a man was trapped inside a grain bin, the Florence County Fire and Rescue Services said.

For hours, emergency responders tried to save an employee who was trapped in a tank at Southeastern Grain Company, Fire and Rescue Services Coordinator Sam Brockington said in an interview with The State.

The conclusion was made rescuers could not get the man out before he suffocated without jeopardizing their safety.

The Florence County Coroner identified the man as Andrew Rupard, and an autopsy on the 25-year-old Timmonsville man will be conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleson, WMBF reported.

Just before 9 a.m., emergency workers responded to a call about a man trapped inside a grain elevator, according to Brockington. The man was at the top of the tank with another employee when he fell in and was stuck in the silo.

First responders determined the rescue would be "extensive," and called for assistance from other agencies, Brockington told The State. More than 30 emergency workers were at the company's grain tank by noon.

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