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Worker on 70-foot scaffold rescued at Florida Power & Light substation in Palm Beach County

Firefighters create system of ropes to safely lower patient
Rescue at FPL substation off of Southern Boulevard on Oct. 13, 2021
Posted at 4:56 PM, Oct 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-13 16:56:53-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — There were some tense moments Wednesday after a worker had to be rescued at a Florida Power and Light substation.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Tara Cardoso said firefighters responded to the FPL substation off of Southern Boulevard around 11 a.m.

When crews arrived, they encountered a patient who had been working inside a heating system on scaffolding about 70 feet high.

Rescue at FPL substation off of Southern Boulevard on Oct. 13, 2021
A worker was rescued at an FPL substation off of Southern Boulevard in Palm Beach County on Oct. 13, 2021.

The patient was unable to get down, so crews conducted what was described as a "rope and confined space technical rescue."

Firefighters created a system of ropes to safely lower the patient to the ground, who was later transported to a local hospital.

Cardoso said their special operations team is familiar with the FPL plant and its structures after site surveys and training drills that have been conducted at the location.

Rescue at FPL substation off of Southern Boulevard on Oct. 13, 2021
A worker was rescued at an FPL substation off of Southern Boulevard in Palm Beach County on Oct. 13, 2021.