BEACH CITY -- A village utility worker repairing a water main break was rescued by emergency crews Thursday afternoon after his leg became pinned when the trench he was working in began to collapse.

Beach City Fire Chief Bill Anderson said village utility crews were working at Main Street East and Second Avenue NE repairing a water main break when the sides of a trench began to give way around 12:51 p.m.

A worker's leg became trapped and water from the break was quickly filling the hole, he said.

When emergency crews arrived they found the man with water up to his shoulders.

"Our main concern was to get the water out," Anderson said.

Brewster Fire personnel assisted at the scene. Anderson also called for Marathon Oil to respond with special rescue crews.

"We all train for this but we don't get a lot of incidents around here," the chief said. "That's why we called in Marathon. They are the experts."

Beach City and Brewster rescuers were able to free the man before Marathon arrived, Anderson said.

The man was taken to an area hospital to be evaluated and Anderson said he did not appear to have any major injuries.

Mayor John Thomas was at the hospital with the injured worker. He said the man was talking and in good spirits.

The mayor said the victim was undergoing X-rays and other precautionary measures.

"Luckily it was not too deep of a hole," Thomas said. "He's been doing this a long time."

Fellow village utility workers immediately tried to free the man before emergency crews arrived, Anderson said.

Crews were continuing work to repair the water main break. Thomas said they had reached the break and hoped to have it fixed sometime Thursday.