Crews briefly turned off the water supply for a line serving all of 4S Ranch to help rescue a worker who somehow got his arm and hand stuck inside the valve of a 48-inch water line.
The Metropolitan Water District worker had his arm stuck in the water release pipe for nearly two hours while crews worked to free him, San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) Capt. Amador said.
The incident happened at 3:10 p.m. at Pomerado Drive and Rancho Bernardo Road in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) authorities said.
The pipe pressure lead to officials turning off the supply, which did not interrupt service for anyone in the area, San Diego County Water authorities said.
The worker was safely rescued and taken to a local hospital, where he is expected to be okay.