Elderly man is rescued after falling into pit near Peebles

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An elderly man has been rescued by firefighters after falling into a deep excavation site in Eshiels near Peebles.

He was found lying in a newly dug excavation approximately six metres below the ground on Monday afternoon.

Working with ambulance service colleagues, firefighters used a combination of ropes and ladders to provide first aid to the casualty.

Other firefighters made sure that the excavation was as stable as possible to prevent any possibility of a collapse.

Group manager Alan Horbury, who was at the scene, said: “The crews did an excellent job because had this collapsed then it could have caused further injuries and even trapped the casualty and firefighters.”

A specialist fire service rescue team raised the man to the surface before he was taken to Borders General Hospital by ambulance.