Rescued from donation bin

The Penticton Fire Department rescued a man trapped inside a clothing donation bin Monday morning.

Crews were called to a bin near the corner of Skaha Lake Road and Green Avenue West around 7:30 a.m.

“This guy was in the bin and couldn’t get out… yelling for help,” said deputy chief Chris Forster. “He was fully in, upright and could see out and lift the flap, but he just couldn’t get out.”

Forster said the man was not at risk of suffocating and was rescued by firefighters, who “reached in with their arms and helped pull him out, a pretty simple rescue.”

Eight Canadians have died since 2015 trapped in clothing donation bins. Diabetes Canada, which owns the bin the man was rescued from, announced in January it would be retrofitting all 40,000 of its bins across the country to improve safety.

Forster says its not clear why the man entered the bin.

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