On January 8, 2024, at approximately 1434, the St. James Fire Department was activated for a miscellaneous alarm on Piper Lane in Head of the Harbor for a male buried in a trench. St. James EMS was unable to make contact with the male and advised of a worker buried approximately 10 feet underground. The worker was digging in a trench to install a cesspool, when suddenly the dirt collapsed, crushing him and burying him. Suffolk County Police and Head of the Harbor Police arrived and requested ESU to the scene. St. James then reactivated the alarm for a technical rescue. Mutual aid was started from Nesconset and Setauket. At around 1454, command advised that the rescue was being switched to a recovery. After hours of digging, the victim was located at approximately 1809. Mutual aid was provided by East Islip, Smithtown, Nesconset, Nissequogue, Hagerman, Selden, Setauket and Stony Brook. The Huntington First Aid Squad and Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps. provided additional EMS resources at the scene. Multiple fire coordinators and Suffolk OEM was also notified. Smithtown Park Rangers also assisted.

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