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Men rescued from 50ft sewer shaft in Oldham

Metrolink rescue Oldham
Paramedics abseiled down the shaft to check the men, who were unharmed

Two men had to be rescued after they got trapped down a 50ft (15.24m) new sewer shaft near the Metrolink building site in Oldham.

Firefighters and the Oldham Mountain Rescue team were called out at 05:40 BST to rescue the men from the bottom of the shaft on Union Street.

Mountain rescue said it got involved because firefighters needed their "rope access capabilities".

Paramedics abseiled down the shaft to check the men, who were unharmed.

It is believed they had climbed down into the sewer system hole and were unable to climb back out.

The Metrolink line is due for completion in Oldham in 2014.

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