Man rescued from submerged bulldozer

A man in a bulldozer, submerged in a pond at Hi-Crush Sand Mine in Whitehall, was rescued Monday morning.

Authorities received a call at 7:53 a.m., May 21, and all units were dispatched to the sand mine. The man was pulled to safety by rescue boat and transported to a nearby hospital.

“When incidents occur, we periodically have drills from situations such as this so that we are prepared and also look at some of our partners in the area to help,” said Joni Olson, CEO of Gundersen Tri-County Hospital.

Several firefighters were treated and released at Tri County Memorial Hospital for minor injuries, according to the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department.

“This is a true testament to rural Wisconsin to see so many agencies come together to do a coordinated effort to see a person’s life saved,” said Chief Deputy Harlan Reinders of the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department.

Assisting in the rescue were Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office, Whitehall Police Department, Whitehall Fire Department, Independence Fire Department, Arcadia Fire Department, Tri-County Ambulance, Medlink Helicopter, Gold Cross Ambulance, Arcadia Ambulance, Jackson county Dive team, Kabus Auto Body and Recovery, Gehrke Trucking and the Trempealeau County Highway Department.

No names are being released at this time.

Hi-Crush released the following statement: