Man rescued from storm drain in Roswell


ROSWELL, NM (KRQE)  – Rescuers are unsure why a man crawled into a storm drain Friday night, where he was stuck until a passing motorist saw his fingers sticking up through the drain grate the next day.

The man was found at 12:38 Saturday afternoon in a 3×3 foot storm drain, in the alley behind the AutoZone at 700 S. Main Street according to the Roswell Fire Department.

Battalion Chief Steve Shannon said the only way to get into the drainage pipe is from the Hondo River, but the victim couldn’t remember how he got there.

“We’re not real sure. He found the opening sometime last night,” Shannon said.

Fire crews used hydraulic spreaders to free the man at 1:08 p.m.

Shannon said the man suffered severe pain in his arms and back due to soreness, but was otherwise not injured.

The man walked to a waiting ambulance on his own strength and was transported to Lovelace Regional Medical Center.

Multiple attempts were made to identify the man, but were unsuccessful.

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