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Mandeville rig worker rescued

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MANDEVILLE, Ark. -

Emergency crews rescued a man who was badly injured while working on an oil rig in Southwest Arkansas.

It happened at a drilling site on County Road 25 in the Mandeville Community.

Manny Sanders, 49, of Stamps, Arkansas was trapped about 50 feet in the air for about two hours while crews worked to bring him to safety.

The Hydrostatic Oil Company of Shreveport was installing a pipeline when the accident happened.

Texarkana, Texas Fire Marshal Chris Black says the platform Sanders was standing on gave way and equipment fell on him.

Texarkana, Arkansas firefighters and the Texas-side Fire Department's High Angle Rescue Team were called to assist in the rescue.

Arkansas-side Fire Chief Rick Pavick says the most challenging part of the rescue was stabilizing the rig, so they could move the worker.

"We had to make a body harness, then attach him to me," said Pavick. "The guys on the ground had ropes attached to me. They lowered both us to the ground together."

Once the worker was brought to safety, Miller County Emergency Management Director Larry Pritchett says paramedics stabilized the patient.

He was first transported by Lifenet to a Texarkana hospital. He was later taken to UAMS in Little Rock for treatment.

"I think he broke both of his legs and one arm," said Pritchett. "He sustained several injuries."

Emergency management officials say the cause of the accident is still under investigation and OSHA could be called to investigate the scene.

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