GROUND worker Danny Carter is recovering at home after a f ive-hour rescue operation saved him from being buried alive in a collapsed trench last week.
More than 30 firefighters were involved in pulling out the 18-year-old after a 12-foot trench caved in around him. He was working on a housing site in Southsea, Hampshire.
Mr Carter was employed by subcontractor RHC Groundworks. Vale Builders (Southern) was the main contractor.
Fellow workers rushed to help him before rescue teams arrived on the scene. But they were hampered by the wet and sticky soil, which kept falling back as soon as it was removed.
Mr Carter's legs were trapped by a shovel and he was given three morphine shots by a doctor.
Rescuers could use only hand tools to slowly drag away the dirt, due to the precarious nature of the hole.
He was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham but is recovering at home after suffering restricted bloodf low to the legs, but no broken bones.
Jerry Leonard of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: 'He was trapped in a tiny space, only a metre cubed. We could only get one person at a time to the hole to help him.
'He was lucky he was not on his own when the accident happened.'