A man fell to the bottom of a 25-feet deep hole in the middle of the Queens woods Sunday morning and had to be rescued by the FDNY, officials said.
Officials said they got a call around 8 a.m. that a 47-year-old man was trapped with injuries in a hole somewhere near Exit 36 of the Cross Island Parkway.
The man — who may have been out bike-riding when he fell into the hole — was trapped for at least two hours before his rescuers arrived.
“His brother took a long time to find him because he was in the middle of the woods,” said Chief of Rescue Battalion Patrick Ginty.
“[The victim] fell about halfway down and injured his ankle and his head,” Ginty said, adding that the hole looks like an old water tunnel.
When members of the FDNY and the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit arrived at the scene, they went down to check on the man’s condition.
The FDNY then used a chainsaw to cut away overgrowth and a bucket truck to lower down a rope. They hooked the rope around the man and pulled him to safety, officials said.
“We had him out within 20 minutes of getting there,” Ginty said, calling the rescue operation “rare.”
He credited the FDNY’s Squad 61, Squad 288, Rescue 3 and Rescue 4, as well as the NYPD’s ESU cops.
It wasn’t clear why the man went into the tunnel to begin with, and his name wasn’t released. He may have been out on a bicycle ride, officials said.