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Worker pulled from 'mouse hole' at Chesapeake site near Cresson

A 26-year-old employee of a service company contracted by Chesapeake Energy was being treated at a Fort Worth hospital Tuesday after he was rescued from a hole, about 40 feet down, near the Johnson County community of Cresson.

The man, whose family asked that he not be named, was in stable condition at John Peter Smith Hospital where he was taken by CareFlite helicopter from the drill site on County Road 1000, southeast of Cresson.

Chesapeake Energy spokesperson Jerri Robbins said the man worked for Koda Rathole, LLC which was contracted by her company to perform work at the gas drilling site. She added that the site was actually in Hood County.

The man was being treated for scrapes, bruises and a "hyper-extended" leg, Robbins said.

Cpl. Pam Jetsel, a spokeswoman for the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, confirmed that the worker fell into the hole at the Chesapeake drill site and said "heroic" efforts were made to rescue him.

A CareFlite flight nurse used rope to go down the hole to stabilize the man. The nurse was able to get some oxygen to him, Jetsel said.

Later Haltom City firefighter Derek Izzo, a member of a special trench rescue team, descended into the well using a tripod device and rope to rescue the man.

The equipment was donated by Chesapeake to the Burleson Fire Department, said Julie Wilson, the company's vice president of corporate development.

Firefighters from Cresson, Godley, Burleson and Northeast Tarrant County responded to the accident near County Road 1000 and Texas 171, about a mile and a half southeast of Cresson.

Tarrant County Fire Marshal Randy Renois earlier had said the man had fallen into a 70-foot-deep hole that is about 18 inches wide.

Officials said later, however, that the man fell 40 feet down the "mouse hole," which is used to store pipe for the actual drilling which had not yet begun at the site.

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