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Man rescued from tar tank at local plant

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Updated: 9/21/2013 3:04 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rescue crews worked for hours to pull a man from a large tank at an industrial plant.

The victim, identified as Earl Robinson by family members, is a pipe cutter at Atlantic Coast Asphalt on Soutel Drive. At the time of the accident he was going into the tank to cut a pipe.

Rescue crews responded after he became stuck around 3 p.m. Friday.

He became stuck in about two feet of tar, which reached up to his knees. Crews even used peanut oil in an attempt to free the man from the tar.

When that didn't work, crews cut through the side of the massive tank to pull him out.

Robinson was taken to UF Health for treatment. His family told Action News he is OK.
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Fred Thompson - 9/21/2013 8:31 AM
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Rescue of the day' hope hes ok. One gooey mess to be in!
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