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16 août 2011 à 15:58:46
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Deux gars qui ont failli se noyer dans un ascenseur dans un vieil immeuble a New York...
Il pleuvait à verse. Ils avaient de l'eau jusqu'au cou apparemment  ::) quand les pompiers sont arrivés.

Staten Island, N.Y. -- It could have been a scene from a movie cliffhanger -- two men, trapped in the flooded elevator of an old hotel, with the water level neck-high and rising.

Except this was no movie, and firefighters got to the scene just in time, saving both from drowning.

The drama unfolded at the site of the former Staten Island Hotel at 1415 Richmond Ave. in Granitevile, just before 9:30 a.m. yesterday, as heavy rains pounded the borough, flooding streets and homes.

The two men were moving construction supplies on the upper floors -- the former hotel is slated to become an assisted living facility -- when they started having elevator problems, said FDNY Capt. James Melvin of Ladder 86 in Graniteville, which is headquartered down the street across Richmond Avenue.

The doors weren't opening on the upper floors, so the men decided to head down to the basement, except as it reached the bottom, it hit water and "started sinking slowly," Melvin said.

One of the men called 911, except they didn't know the former hotel's address. So when the call went out to the ladder company, firefighters only had an intersection to work with -- Richmond Avenue and Christopher Lane.

"Just a stuck elevator, period, with no address," Melvin said. The dispatcher tried calling the men back, with no luck -- their phone had gone dead, firefighters found out later.

The firefighters checked out the former hotel first, and went to the front gate, where a security guard told them nothing was going on.

"Just on a hunch, we said, 'You know what, let's drive around the back,'" Melvin said.

They saw a door ajar, and "sure enough, we heard these guys screaming."

Melvin sent two firefighters to the roof to cut the power. Inside, they found the men -- who FDNY officials identified as Ed Tyler and Wendell Amaker, both in their 30s -- in the elevator, sewer water up to their necks. They were standing atop the carts they were using to move the supplies, he said

"These guys had somehow managed to pry the emergency hatch open," Melvin said. The firefighters used a narrow ladder to get Tyler out, but they had to pry open some supports so Amaker -- who wasn't as slim -- could get through. They then took the duo, who were in good health but soaked, to the firehouse to clean up.
"They were really grateful. I think they thought the end was near," the captain said. He called the decision to go to the former hotel first instead of a nearby bank and office building a "lucky guess."

Attempts to contact both men were unsuccessful last night.

Melvin said he's responded to hundreds of stuck elevator calls in his FDNY career, but he'd never seen anything similar -- "This was like something you'd see on television, in a movie."

20 octobre 2011 à 18:43:00
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Truc de fou!

Un portable étanche serait un bon investissement :-)
La plus grande sagesse est de paraitre fou - Dionysius Caton


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