Man dies in water tank as co-workers try to free him from suction tube, Wisconsin cops say

A Wisconsin man died after becoming trapped in a water tank, officials say.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, was cleaning sediment inside the town of Blair’s water tank on the afternoon of March 23, the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

Deputies responded to a call for help at 5:18 p.m. for a man stuck inside tankthe sheriff’s office said.

Police say the worker entered the tank wearing scuba gear and a wetsuit. Although he complained of “catching cold”, he continued to clean debris from the tank until he appeared to “enter a state of hypothermia and lose mobility and strength in his hands”, said the deputies.

Two co-workers tried to get him out, but he became “tangled” in a 90-foot suction tube and they were unable to free him, the sheriff’s office said.

“Once first responders and law enforcement arrived on scene, the subject was approximately 6 feet below the surface of the water, motionless,” the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities were eventually able to pull the man from the tank and attempt to save his life, but he could not be revived.

The death remains under investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

Blair has a population of about 1,300 and is about 220 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

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