Skip to comments.Man stuck in drainage pipes for two days
Posted on 04/22/2014 2:06:00 PM PDT by Renfield
LAWTON, Okla._A twenty-dollar bill dropped into a storm drain leads to a Lawton man being stuck in the city's underground water drainage system for two days.
The man told police that he dropped the money into a storm water drain. He said that he had no choice but to go in after the lost money. But once underground, he lost his way, leaving him with little to do but hope someone would hear his calls for help.
A group of high school students walking home from school through the intersection heard a strange voice coming from the manhole and quickly realized that it was a man calling for help. They called 911 and once on the scene, it was hard for officers to believe what they heard.
"We could hear a man yelling for help," said Sergeant John Chelenza.
What followed was unexpected; once the manhole was removed it revealed a sight that Sergeant Chelenza and police officer in training Alicia Redding could not believe.
"We see a gentleman down in the bottom of it and it seemed that he had been down there a couple of days," said Chelenza.
"I was amazed. I was confused how he had gotten down there and amazed that he was still okay," said Redding.
"That's the first time in going on 28 years that we have found somebody down in a storm drain," Chelenza recalled.
The man was between twelve and fifteen feet below street level in a dark and wet pipe, a spot he would need a ladder to get out of. And his condition was not great.
"He did not remember what day it was. He wasn't sure how long he had been down there. He was pretty dehydrated and not really sure the time the date," said Redding.
The man also had some injuries, likely sustained during his time underground.
"He had a bump on his head, he may have hit his head against a wall down there because it obviously pretty dark unless he is next to a storm drain where light could get into," said Chelenza
And the man was not able to tell police anything about how or where he got into the city's underground water system. But city officials believe it had to be through a storm drain and once inside it's probable that he became disoriented and got turned around.
City officials said that's not hard to do, a map is necessary to navigate the pipes and someone could go blocks without ever finding an exit. That's why Chelenza said he owes a lot to the kids who answered his calls for help.
"The kids were observant and astute. They did right by calling 911, and who knows they may have saved a man's life," said Chelenza.
City officials said the pipe that the man was in had a 42-inch diameter meaning he was forced to make his way by crawling. Despite all of his efforts he never found his twenty-dollar bill he was searching for.
I seem to recall jokes about losing a dime . . .
If it had been me, I would have had at least a 100 hours worth of flashlight (and up to 160 hours worth) with me since I edc that.
Did he give the kids a $20 reward?
Delivery Man: [searching for Michaelangelo’s address] OK, 122... 122 1/8? 122 1/8. Terrific. Where the heck is 122 1/8?
Michaelangelo: [through the sewer grate] You’re standing on it, Dude! Just pass it down here!
[the Delivery Man passes pizza through the grate, and $10 is passed up]
Delivery Man: Gimme that!... Hey, this is a $10! The tab’s $13!
Michaelangelo: You’re two minutes late, dude!
Delivery Man: Oh, come on, I couldn’t find the place!
Michaelangelo: Wise man say: “Forgiveness is divine, but never pay pull price for late pizza.”
Hey, 20 bucks is 20 bucks!
Well there’s the tale about the guy who set his coat down next to him in the outhouse but it fell through the “two holer”. He took to digging around in the muck trying to pull the coat out when his brother happened upon him.
“What are you doing digging around in all that? You don’t want to wear THAT jacket anymore!”
“I know, but there’s a sandwich in the pocket!!!”s a sandwich in the pocket!!!
Probably a good way to stay if in an actual sewer.
I bet he was feeling crappy
How did he wander around looking for that $20 that he couldn’t find his way back out? Couldn’t he have followed the light? Smells fishy.
Did he run into Ed Norton down there?
I suspect alcohol my have been involved.
Other day I saw a guy drop a $100 down the sewer.
I asked him “Are you crazy man?”
He said “No. I accidentally dropped a $20 down there and I’m not going in there for a measly twenty bucks.
He’s lucky it didn’t rain.
I once saw a soaked, half-grown raccoon clinging to the underside of a storm sewer grate with the water flooding just a foot underneath. Nobody wants to count on the gratitude of a raccoon. Half an hour later the water was lower and the raccoon had presumably self-rescued.