The Scotland Neck Fire Department responded to an incident Tuesday on Moonlight Road, according to a post on its Facebook page.
The post stated a farmer went in a silo to check something about 2 p.m., and became stuck in the grain up to his knees. The farmer called his sons to assist him. The SNFD was notified at about 7:30 p.m., and at that time he had sunk down to about his waist. Halifax County Emergency Management and a consultant from Perdue were contacted during this time. Scotland Neck FD, along with the Enfield and Hobgood fire departments, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Halifax County EMS and several local farmers responded. The farmer was alert and conscious the entire time. Farm Bureau of Scotland Neck had donated a grain coffer dam several years back and this was the first time it was actually used. An associate from Perdue had also sent a grain coffer dam to be used if needed.
There was approximately 9 to 12 feet of grain in the silo at the time of the incident. The patient was secured and the fire department was able to put the grain bin rescue tube in place and begin removing grain until the door to the bin could be opened at the top and local farmers could assist with a grain vac to help move grain out. The patient was able to walk out of the silo on his own and was transported to a nearby hospital to be checked. According to Chief Deborah Hopkins with the SNFD, he remained in stable condition Wednesday morning.
“I would like to thank everyone who assisted in having a very positive outcome to this situation,” Chief Hopkins said.