‘Definitely rare’: Man gets trapped behind massive Victoria church organ

'Definitely rare': Man gets trapped behind massive Victoria church organ
Fire crews were called to Victoria's St. John the Divine Anglican Church after a man got stuck in a pipe organ Wednesday morning.

A man was caught on camera giving a big thumbs up after escaping the close quarters of a pipe organ in a downtown Victoria church Wednesday.

It was an unusual report that saw Victoria Fire Department crews called to St. John the Divine Anglican Church on Quadra Street at 11:46 a.m., according to Fire Capt. Rich Sulsbury.

“It’s a call that’s definitely rare in frequency,” Sulsbury told CHEK News.

He said when firefighters arrived on scene, the man had thankfully managed to free himself from behind the pipe organ, “which is basically a bunch of pipes that he got tangled up in.”

“It’s quite a confined space,” noted Sulsbury.

“When we got there, he was already out of the pipe organ, so to speak, so we did have to help him down a ladder through a hatch door,” he said.

While it’s unclear how the man got stuck behind the instrument, the fire captain thinks he was tuning it prior to the ordeal. But Sulsbury said his crew’s main concern was ensuring the man’s safety. 

“We managed to get him down the hatch without injury,” said Sulsbury, adding BC Ambulance paramedics took the man away by stretcher to treat him for undisclosed injuries.

The man was taken away by stretcher giving the camera a thumbs up. (CHEK News)

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