Miss. firefighters rescue farmer buried under 10+ feet of soybeans in grain bin

“He told me that if it had been five more minutes, he doesn’t think he would have made it,” said Sumrall Volunteer Fire Chief Virginia Hayes


By Leila Merrill
FireRescue1/EMS1 Staff

SUMRALL, Miss. — Volunteer firefighters rescued a Mississippi farmer from a grain bin Tuesday, WDAM/Gray News reported. Wayne Breakfield was buried under 10 to 12 feet of soybeans.

The Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department and others responded to the call.  

“All I could think of was, ‘We’ve got to get him out as quick as possible,’” Sumrall Volunteer Fire Chief Virginia Hayes said. “When I got on the scene, they were saying they could hear him moaning and groaning underneath all of that, so we knew he was still alive.”

Crewmembers used a circular saw to cut through the metal. It took three cuts in about an hour to free the farmer.

“He told me that if it had been five more minutes, he doesn’t think he would have made it,” Hayes said. “It was a relief to know that my prayers and everybody else’s prayers had been answered. It was a miracle.”

Breakfield was hospitalized and may lose a few toes.

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