By the Santa Barbara City Fire Department
Friday, September 30, 2022, at approximately 1:31 pm The Santa Barbara City Police Department Combined Communications Center was notified of a possible confined space rescue in the harbor in front of marina three. The Santa Barbara City Fire Department responded three fire engines one heavy rescue company, a hazardous materials unit and one Battalion Chief to the scene.
The Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol responded and confirmed a male was trapped in a storm drain under a grate and a parked vehicle. The vehicle was moved prior to the first fire apparatus arrival and the victim was unable to leave the location due to the high tide. Firefighters used web straps, various tools and made several cuts around the grate, however the grate was unable to be lifted. A tow truck was requested to the scene and a tow truck from 805 Towing arrived. While under the supervision and direction of the fire department personnel, the tow truck operator used a chain to wrap around the grate
The grate was lifted and removed by the tow truck; the male victim believed to be in his 30’s was able to exit the hole under his power. The victim was partially clothed and possibly suffering from environmental exposure. AMR evaluated the victim and transported him to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The Santa Barbara Police assisted with traffic and crowd control at the scene. The victim estimated he may have been in the hole for approximately six hours.
The Santa Barbara City Fire Department would like to remind everyone that storm drains are not for exploration or temporary shelter.