August 14, 2011

"Two construction workers were stuck in an elevator that was filling with water..."

"... By the time firefighters arrived, the water level had risen as high as the two trapped men’s necks."

15 comments:

A. Shmendrik said...

A sour ride.

Curious George said...

Reminds me of an old joke. Punchline is "Don't make waves. Don't make waves"

Jon said...

"The Bond villain responsible remains at large."

m stone said...

At least there were no bats.

t-man said...

Were they building an underwater secret layer for a supervillian? Or George Soros? But I repeat myself.

Curious George said...

Whoa stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. Five dead.

traditionalguy said...

They must felt like the US middle class watching the dollar and their assets with it going underwater and hoping for an election before it is too late.

At least some one planned to rescue them instead of to kill them as if they were twin babies in amniotic fluid scheduled for partial birth abortion by Planned Parenthood.

Henry said...

Annie Proulx can write another novel now.

garage mahal said...

Good thing the Koch brothers and Karl Rove were there to save them, as they are unselfishly sworn to do!

Tim said...

Yikes! That's awful.

Thank God they were saved.

...and no, this doesn't justify over-sized public employee pensions that aren't fully funded.

Only an idiot would think that.

rhhardin said...

Get Smart had the same predicament in a phone booth.

kcom said...

When I was growing up there was a serious flash flood in our small city. The saddest story from that time, which is hard to ever forget, was what happened at a nursing home. I think somebody was evacuating two elderly residents and the elevator kicked into emergency mode and did what it was programmed to do - descend to the bottom floor and stay there. Unfortunately the bottom floor was underwater and the people all drowned.

Actually, there's something about it on the NOAA site. It was a nurse's aide and three people in wheelchairs. Like I said, really hard to forget that mental picture.

edutcher said...

When seconds count, as they say...

Very lucky for those men to live in the era of cell phones.

And the real reason people should carry them.

Crimso said...

Many years ago I was playing D&D with some friends and four of us came to find ourselves trapped in a room with rising water, a hole in the ceiling, and a rope dangling from the hole within easy reach (don't ask how we got there, that sort of thing happens in D&D all the time). We literally spent 20 minutes arguing amongst ourselves about how we were going to get out of that one. That's the general flow of a D&D session.

NYTNewYorker said...

When you work in construction you never know what the day has in store for you. On big jobs the unpredictability is part of the allure.
In Manhattan, building a 60 story highrise structure on a footprint no larger than itself concentrates the dangerous actions of many trades into a small area all at once.

"Eyes in the back of your head" is a must, every day.