FIREFIGHTERS have rescued a 66-year-old man who became trapped inside a corn silo near Blandford.

The casualty was found approximately 4m inside the silo at a farm in Shapwick and had to be hoisted out by rescue specialists earlier today.

A spokesman from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said “quick-thinking” farm workers attached a strop under the man’s arms and secured it to a ladder in a bid to prevent him from sinking further into the grain.

Crews from Wimborne and Blandford and a technical rescue team from Weymouth were called to West Street in Shapwick at around 11.50am today.

Firefighters attached a harness to the man to lift him out of the grain.

The spokesman from the fire service said: “Technical rescue teams set up a pulley system to lift the casualty clear of the grain.

“The casualty was able to exit via two raking ladders in the silo assisted by Brigade personnel to exit the silo.”

Paramedics were called to the scene as a precaution but the casualty did not require any treatment.