A man working behind a home in East Hemet plunged into a 30-foot deep trench Thursday, requiring firefighters to pull him to safety.

The rescue operation was mounted just after 4 p.m. in the 41900 block of Crest Drive, near Piedmont Way, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Firefighters reached the location within a few minutes and found the victim, whose identity was not released, in the deep recess, possibly an abandoned well, officials said.

The man was unhurt and talking when a crew made contact with him.

Using a pulley system rigged on-site, firefighters reeled the man back to the surface at about 4:30 p.m., according to reports from the scene.

He did not require hospitalization.

It was unclear what kind of work the victim was doing and why the trench was not secure.

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