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Man Doing Well After High-Angle Rescue at Hennepin Power Plant

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A Dynegy employee is “doing well” after being stuck on an elevator on the side of the smokestack at the Hennepin Power Station for several hours Thursday afternoon.

“I received an update that the employee is out of the elevator and doing well. All emergency responders have left the site,” said Meranda Cohn, a spokesperson for Dynegy.

Granville fire chief Ron Campbell confirmed the man refused medical treatment at the scene after he was brought down from the elevator, which was stuck about 200 feet above the ground.

Hennepin and Granville fire departments were dispatched around 1 p.m. to

the Dynegy-owned power station located at 13498 E. 800th St., Hennepin. Campbell said they cleared the scene by 4:19 p.m.

A MABAS 25 tactical response team were called due to the height of the rescue. Campbell said the power company also called in a crane from Imperial Crane to assist with the situation.

First responders reached the employee with a crane and brought him down in a basket, Cohn said.

The elevator, which was located on the outside of the smokestack, had a mechanical failure and became stuck, Campbell said.

The cause of the elevator malfunction is being investigated, Cohn said.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County EMS also assisted at the scene.

“Plant and local emergency responders periodically conduct drills for high-angle rescues to be prepared for situations like the one today. The rescue was well-executed thanks to the invaluable training and partnership between plant personnel and local emergency response organizations,” Cohn said.

Source: News Tribune