Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Female maintenance worker, 59, seriously injured after falling in an empty water tower at the Dupont Granogue Estate in Montchanin, Delaware.

Woman Falls Inside Granogue Water Tower, Helicopter Rescue

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 01:14PM
MONTCHANIN, Del. (WPVI) -- Authorities say a maintenance worker is in serious condition after falling in an empty water tower in Montchanin, Delaware.

The call came in at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday from the tower at the Dupont Granogue Estate in the 2000 block of Montchanin Road.

Rescue crews arrived to find the 59-year-old worker, who had fallen while performing maintenance work inside the tower.

They secured her in a mobile stretcher.

The spiral staircase inside the tower prevented rescuers from walking her down to the ground level.

So instead they hoisted her in the stretcher to the top of the tower.

Chopper 6 HD was there as a Delaware State Police helicopter arrived and transferred the worker by air from the top of the tower to an ambulance waiting on the ground.

She was taken to an area hospital in serious condition to be treated for head, arm, neck and back injuries.


Montchanin, DE – 

At approximately 8:25 am this morning, July 19, 2017, New Castle County Paramedics, Wilmington and Talleyville Fire Companies, High Angle Confined Space and Rescue, Delaware State Police helicopter were dispatched to the 2000 block of Montchanin Road for a person fallen in an empty water tower, performing maintenance.

Upon Talleyville Fire Company arrival, they noted the need for further assistance due to the patient being in a water tower. All responding agencies worked together to remove the patient from the water tower. The patient was placed in a rescue basket and hoisted from the water tower by Delaware State Police helicopter. The patient, 59-year-old female, suffered injuries to her head, arm, neck and back.

The patient was transported to Wilmington Hospital via Talleyville Fire Company ambulance accompanied by New Castle County Paramedics. The patient was in serious condition at the time of transport.

New Castle County Police Department are investigating the incident.