Guy Rescued After 4 Days in a Storm Drain

Not really clear what he was doing in there
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 18, 2015 4:03 PM CDT
Guy Rescued After 4 Days in a Storm Drain
A storm drain cover stands alongside debris after a heavy rainstorm. A Nashville man has been rescued from a storm drain after four days.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – A man has been rescued after getting stuck for four days in a Nashville storm drain. Media outlets report firefighters dug into the ground and broke into a concrete pipe to free the unidentified man yesterday. Firefighters were called to the scene after another man heard the victim calling for help. They found him stuck in a section of pipe that was 12- to 14-inches wide, a Nashville Fire Department rep tells the Tennessean; it took 45 minutes and some sledge hammers and shovels to free him.

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It wasn't immediately clear how the man got into the drain, but an assistant fire chief says he had crawled in last Thursday. The man got stuck in a bend in the narrow drain pipe, which ran next to the Centennial Sportsplex's tennis courts. He suffered cuts to his body and appeared dehydrated. Once freed, he was immediately given oxygen and taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment. (Read more Nashville stories.)

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