Search for Man Swept Into Drain Pipe Ends Tragically - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Search for Man Swept Into Drain Pipe Ends Tragically

Police say the victim got sucked into a storm drain pipe when he took the cover off a manhole



    Tragic End to Search for Man Sucked Into Storm Drain

    Rescue crews found the body of a man sucked into a storm drain Tuesday in Lawrence Township, N.J. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011)

    Despite the best efforts of rescuers, a man died after he got sucked into a storm drain pipe in Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J. on Tuesday afternoon.

    The victim was helping workers in the area clean up around the Delaware and Raritan Canal after Hurricane Irene. He picked up a manhole cover, police said, and the pressure from Irene's swollen waters sucked him into the pipe below.

    "We believe he may have removed the [manhole] cover to release some of the water pressure," said Police Chief Daniel Pusluszny.

    Two other people were also being pulled in by the whirlpool but were rescued by witnesses, authorities said.

    Police Chief: Water Pressure Pulled Man Into Drain

    [PHI] Police Chief: Water Pressure Pulled Man Into Drain
    Lawrence Township Police Chief Daniel Pusluszny talks about the rescue efforts to get to a man who was sucked into a storm drain.
    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011)

    That was around 2:15 p.m. in the 200 block of Bakers Basin Road. Around 10 p.m. his body was found about two miles away at the Ewing Lawrence Sewage Plant.

    It was unclear how long the victim's body had been at the location but authorities did say he had traveled through pipes to the sewage plant.

    Rescue workers had earlier lowered a camera into the manhole to help in the search.

    Police identified the victim as the property owner of a local nursery.

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