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tennislover
Aug 18th, 2006, 10:56 PM
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Worker trapped in vat of chocolate
Rescue operation at factory took more than two hours
By MARIE ROHDE
mrohde@journalsentinel.com
Posted: Aug. 18, 2006
Kenosha - An ordinary night's work at the chocolate company turned dangerous for Darmin Garcia early today when he fell into a vat of the molten goo and was trapped for more than two hours.


"I was pushing the chocolate down into the vat because it was stuck," said Garcia, 21. "It came loose and I just slid down the hopper into the chocolate."

Garcia's co-workers at the Debelis Corp. first tried to pull Garcia out but his pants were caught on a roller. That's when they called 911 and the Kenosha Fire and Police departments both responded, said police Sgt. Eric Larsen.

Garcia wasn't extracted until 1:30 a.m., about two and a half hours after the accident.

The viscous chocolate was warm - about 110 degrees, according to Capt. Greg Sinnen of the Kenosha Fire Department. For comparison purposes: The water in hot tubs is usually kept at 103 or 104 degrees.

Garcia, who has worked at the company almost two years, said he was almost chest deep in chocolate, the dark variety.

"It was in my hair, in my ears, my mouth, everywhere," Garcia said. "I felt like I weighed 900 pounds. I couldn't move."

Garcia said his colleagues added cocoa butter to the vat in an attempt to thin the chocolate. Sinnen said firefighters on the ladder company that responded to the accident helped scoop the chocolate out of the vat.

Eventually, enough chocolate was removed that Garcia was able to take off his pants and be pulled out.

He was taken to the Aurora Medical Center for treatment and was later released.

Debelis, a subsidiary of the Brussels, Belgium-based Puratos Group, makes a variety of premium chocolate for commercial customers.

Asked if he still had a taste for the stuff, premium or not, Garcia said: "Not so much anymore."


:eek:

Pureracket
Aug 18th, 2006, 10:59 PM
I wonder why they didn't show a picture of him with his pants off covered in chocolate. I tell ya'. . . .journalism isn't the same these days.

Martian KC
Aug 18th, 2006, 11:09 PM
And it just happens to be a hunky guy? Riiiiiiiiiight.:rolleyes:

~{X}~
Aug 18th, 2006, 11:21 PM
Hey if he needs some help cleaning off, I can lend a hand...or a tongue. You know...just a suggestion...:lick:

controlfreak
Aug 18th, 2006, 11:42 PM
I bet he felt an uncontrollable bout of diarrhoea coming on, and knew he wouldn't make it to the bathroom so he jumped in the vat :tape:

darrinbaker00
Aug 18th, 2006, 11:53 PM
What, no quotes from the Oompa Loompas? :hehehe:

Rtael
Aug 19th, 2006, 02:42 AM
I wonder why they didn't show a picture of him with his pants off covered in chocolate. I tell ya'. . . .journalism isn't the same these days.

That's what I was thinking! :mad:

UDACHi
Aug 19th, 2006, 04:57 AM
ewww he didn't have any pants on in the chocolate. :unsure:

Kenny
Aug 19th, 2006, 05:57 AM
ewww he didn't have any pants on in the chocolate. :unsure:

Brings a whole new meaning to the term "fudgesicle"... doesn't it?

:lol::lol:

controlfreak
Aug 19th, 2006, 09:36 AM
I guess they're going to have to alter the labels on the chocolate bars: "May contain traces of nuts".