Man falls 30 feet down hole in sidewalk

August 16, 2009 12:56:04 PM PDT
A man plunged 30 feet through a rusted-out metal plate on a New York City sidewalk as he stepped outside an Off-Track Betting Parlor to smoke a cigar. Vincent Riggio was rescued by firefighters with just cuts and bruises Saturday afternoon. The 59-year-old businessman had apparently stepped on a corroded plate that was holding doors in place over a TriBeCa clothing-store cellar. A deliveryman called 911 and Riggio called his wife from the bottom of the cellar.

His wife Joann told the New York Post her husband said he fell through a hole - about 30 feet.

When help arrived, a firefighter was lowered by rope down the hole and helped fit a harness around Riggio, who was then hoisted up. He was treated at a hospital.