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Man Rescued From Shaft After Falling 30 Feet at Party

The man was conscious and talking to rescuers, according to Fire Chief Pat Maloney

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    8/3/2014: Officials talk about how they rescued a 30-year-old man who as trapped at the bottom of a light shaft Saturday night. (Published Sunday, Aug 3, 2014)

    A man was rescued from a light shaft Saturday night after he fell from a ledge while at a party at a condo in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood.

    Officials said the 30-year-old man fell backwards off a ledge at a condo in the 2300 block of South Michigan Avenue and landed 30 feet below, becoming trapped in a light shaft.

    The man was conscious and talking to rescuers, according to Fire Chief Pat Maloney.

    A rescuer was lowered down to the man, who was then stabilized on a backboard. The two were then raised up out of the shaft and the man was transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in good condition.

    "The way he landed, he was very fortunate," said Maloney.

    The rescue took roughly 30 minutes, officials said.

    “We don’t do this as frequently, but we train frequently,” said Battalion Chief Michael Conroy. “It was a hard place to access except by ropes.”

    Conroy estimates that 15-20 people were at the party at the time of the incident.