KINGSTON – The 47-year-old farmhand rescued from a manhole at a swine farm Monday remained in serious condition Thursday at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.
The farmhand was airlifted from Illini Swine, 11469 Base Line Road outside Kingston, about two hours after his coworkers found him unconscious Monday 15 feet down a manhole, authorities said.
DeKalb County Sheriff Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie said the employee went into the manhole to do maintenance on a manure pit at the swine farm, which is east of Pleasant Hill Road south of Kingston.
Two other men went to check on him after no one had heard from him for a while and found him unconscious about 6 p.m. The other workers remained with him as emergency crews assembled, Dumdie said.
Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s North Aurora Area Office are investigating the incident.