Woman rescued after falling 25 feet into septic tank in Fontana

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Emergency rescued a woman who was trapped for two hours after falling into a septic tank outside a mobile home in Fontana Thursday.

Crews were sent to the 8200 block of Cherry Avenue around 9:45 a.m. when someone heard screams coming from a deep hole and called 911.

“We found a 40-year-old female down approximately 25 feet in what we determined to be an abandoned or previously used septic tank,” San Bernardino County Fire spokesperson Eric Sherwin said. 

Sky 5 was over the scene at 11 a.m. as rescue personnel from multiple agencies worked on a plan to save the woman.

The hole, which officials initially described as a sinkhole, opened up under a brick-covered porch area as the woman was walking outside the mobile home, Sherwin said.

The victim was awake and talking while she waited for rescuers to get her out, San Bernardino County Fire posted on X, formerly Twitter.

“Our approach to this was a confined space rescue with a potential trench component because this septic tank was unreinforced,” Sherwin said. “We had the potential to have debris slough from those walls and engulf both the victim and any entrants making access into that hole.”

A rope system was used to eventually pull the victim, who was wearing a harness and a helmet, out of the hole just after 11:45 a.m.

She was taken to a nearby ambulance for transport to a local hospital. Her condition was unknown but Sherwin said the victim had suffered injuries to her legs.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.