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Rescue after worker 'trapped in grave' at Kintore Cemetery

A worker has been rescued after becoming trapped by the legs in a grave at an Aberdeenshire cemetery.

Emergency services were called to Kintore Cemetery at about 14:00 on Monday.

It was reported as the walls of a grave collapsing, leaving the worker - believed to be a man in his 20s - trapped by his legs only.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said he was released using buckets. He was then taken to hospital.

Inverurie watch manager Graeme Duncan said: "The ground appeared to be very sandy and that's likely to have caused the sides to cave in.

"Others working at the graveyard tried to help him initially, before they called the fire service for assistance."

Investigation launched

Philip McKay, head of roads, landscape services and waste management said: "One of our team was taken to hospital following an incident where the side of a lair collapsed while he was working at Kintore Cemetery, trapping him by the legs.

"At this time our colleague does not appear to have suffered serious injuries, but has been taken to hospital for further checks.

"Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue attended the incident, and we would like to thank them for their help.

"Aberdeenshire Council have commenced an investigation into circumstances that led to the incident and I am sure all the team will add their best wishes for our colleague's speedy recovery."

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