Sewer Cave-In Traps Oakland Plumber

Shifting sand, debris complicate 13-hour rescue effort
Sewer Cave-In Traps Oakland Plumber
Members of the Oakland Fire Department attempt to rescue Rogelio Esparza from a 15-foot-deep hole when earth in the trench he was working in gave way below. Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle/Polaris

A plumber in Oakland, California, survived being trapped up to his waist in sand and dirt in a 15-foot-deep hole for nearly 13 hours Jan. 13.

Rogelio Esparza, 41, was attaching a lateral to a mainline about 12:30 p.m. when the walls of the trench he was working in collapsed....

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