50 people rescue California man stuck in 16' underground pipe

Posted at 5:51 PM, Mar 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-23 16:34:15-04

Rescue crews in California saved a man who got trapped in a storm drain.

The Contra Costa Fire Department said they rescued a man in his mid-30s who'd gotten stuck in a 16-inch underground pipe.

According to the Associated Press, the man told officials he'd been in the pipe for two days.

The news outlet reported that a passerby heard his cries for help and contacted authorities.

Officials say it took 50 rescue workers from various departments to free him after three and a half hours in what they called "complex and risky."

The unidentified man was uninjured but taken to a hospital for evaluation.