by: Diana Davis Updated:
ATLANTA - There were tense moments Tuesday morning at an Emory University Hospital construction project.
Channel 2's Diana Davis talked to an eyewitness and firefighter who both captured the rescue on camera. It was a tough place for a rescue.
A construction worker on
According to Capt. Eric Jackson of the DeKalb County Fire Department,
Mary Jane Phillips was at the hospital and saw everything. She showed Davis the video she shot on her cellphone.
"We heard a bunch of ambulances and fire trucks coming up, so we walked out to the balcony and saw them rescue a gentleman from the pit," said Phillips.
DeKalb's technical rescue team was on the scene in minutes, but by that
Jackson told Davis that's when the other construction workers were able to get to him and call 911.
Emergency crews loaded him on to the basket and pulled him out of the pit with a construction crane.
DeKalb authorities told Davis he was conscious and breathing.
"He wasn't speaking. In fact, he was really trying to get his bearings. He was briefly overcome by the water, so we are classifying this as a near drowning." Jackson said.
Davis called federal safety investigators, who said they sent an investigator to the scene.
McCarthy Construction is in charge of the project. A spokesperson would not tell Davis the name of the injured man.
The injured man was taken to Atlanta Medical Center in stable condition.