Man Rescued from Tunnel Under Pillsbury A Mill
Firefighters rescued a man who was stuck in the tunnels under the Pillsbury A Mill in Minneapolis early Tuesday morning.
Authorities say the man and his friend were spelunking in the pipes underneath Main Street when the man got too tired and cold to get himself out of the tunnels.
According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, the man's friend called 911 at 3:28 a.m. to report his friend needed help.
Minneapolis firefighters sent in the technical rescue team to find an access point from the abandoned Pillsbury Mill on the other side of the road.
The pipe, which is 30 inches wide, was too tight for many of the firefighters to get to.
The man's friend was able to get himself out of the pipe system.
The rescue crew found a ladder inside the Pillsbury building and climbed down to the pipe system using ropes.
They found the man, and brought him out of the tunnels.
Firefighters say the man is doing well, and he was able to walk out of the building and into the ambulance. The man was stuck in the pipes for more than two hours.
Authorities say that not only is this activity dangerous because it’s dark and no one knew he was in the pipes, but it’s illegal and is considered trespassing.