A man ended up at the bottom of a 25-foot hole in the middle of the Queens woods — and may have been stuck there for more than eight hours before being rescued Sunday, officials and sources said.
Officials said they got a call around 8 a.m. that a 47-year-old man was trapped with injuries in a hole somewhere near Exit 36 of the Cross Island Parkway.
The man, who may have been out bike-riding before ending up down the hole, was trapped for at least two hours — and possibly since midnight — before his rescuers arrived, sources said.
“His brother took a long time to find him because he was in the middle of the woods,” said FDNY Chief of Rescue Battalion Patrick Ginty.
“[The victim] fell about halfway down and injured his ankle and his head,” Ginty said, adding that the hole looks like an old water tunnel.
When members of the FDNY and the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit arrived at the scene, they went down to check on the man’s condition.
The FDNY then used a chainsaw to cut away overgrowth and a bucket truck to lower down a rope. They hooked the rope around the man and pulled him to safety, officials said.
“We had him out within 20 minutes of getting there,” Ginty said, calling the rescue operation “rare.”
The man suffered minor injuries to his head and ankle, authorities said.
Ginty credited the FDNY’s Squad 61, Squad 288, Rescue 3 and Rescue 4, as well as the NYPD’s ESU cops, for the save.
It wasn’t clear how the man ended up in the tunnel to begin with, and his name wasn’t released. He may have been out on a bicycle ride, officials said.