Father dead, son rescued after fall into icy water tank in Braintree

Workers slipped doing maintenance and inspection on the million-gallon structure.

Emergency crews at the Braintree water tower Thursday, where a father and son inspJim Harrington/Twitter

One of the workers trapped inside a water tower Thursday in Braintree has died, Braintree firefighters confirmed.

 

A father and son inspection team from Texas were working on the Lincoln Street tower, which houses the city's public drinking water, when they slipped and fell into the icy water,WCVB reports.

 

Firefighters were able to assist the son, who is in his late 20s, to safety. But rescue efforts on the father were not successful.

 

"One person was rescued from the tank, operation has changed to a recovery for victim #2," firefighters from the local union tweeted.

 

Firefighters were working to recover the body of the father through an 18-inch hole at the top of the tank. The crew will work to drain the million-gallon water tank throughout the day, using a four-inch hose, according to WCVB.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been called in to investigate.

No further details were immediately available.

 
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