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Sewage treatment plant explosion

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by Gary D., May 10, 2004.

  1. Gary D.

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    We have a situation going on right next door in Spokane County.

    The Waist Water Treatment Plant had one of the tanks explode. 4 workers were in the area and 3 have been recovered alive. One worker is missing.

    The plant is alongside the river and some spillage has occurred. The location of the missing man is unknown. We haven’t been called and I think they will go with a commercial team if they need to dive the tank. Been there done that twice and it’s not much fun at all.

    I’ll post more as details come in. Need some prayers for everyone involved.

    Gary D.
     
  2. Gary D.

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    Here is the local news article. Sad to say we have nothing to update.

    http://www.spokesmanreview.com/breaking-news-story.asp?submitDate=2004510161245

    My guess is the way the accident happened the missing man is in the tank along with the roof. They should be able to pump out the tank unless he plugs the pipe. In that case a diver will have to go in.

    Here is a pic of the plant. The three tanks are near the top of the photo to the left near the river. Only two are visable. The one that exploded is not in view here.

    http://www.spokanewastewater.org/treatplt.asp

    I'll post more as I get it. I'm off to work for now and shouldn't be off until around noon.

    Gary D.
     
  3. Greg D.

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    sad day in spokane,heard about it on the readio on my way home from work, should be some new developments on the news tonight. my prayers go out to all involved.
     
  4. Gary D.

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    :crossbone That doesn't sound like it would be a very pleasant dive. body recovery would be bad enough, but in that situation, it would be downright miserable!
     
  6. pipedope

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    Wastewater is not that bad of diving for companies that do it all the time. They have the gear, training and experience not to mention procedures to do it safely for the support crew as well as the diver.

    Prayers for all involved.
     
  7. Gary D.

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