A homeless man was rescued from a manhole early Sunday morning after somehow getting stuck underground for days, the Houston Fire Department said Monday morning.
Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a construction company doing repairs near Sam Houston Parkway and Dover Road discovered the man and called 911. HFD arrived and lowered a ladder down 10 to 12 feet into the manhole, right by the Keegans Bayou. But the man couldn't climb out.
A rescue team then set up a tripod and lowered firefighters into the manhole in a harness, bringing the victim up to safety around 3:15 a.m.
Spokeswoman Sheldra Brigham said the victim told firefighters at first that he had been stuck for nearly a week, then changed his story from three days to two days. She said it was unclear how he got down there, but according to a fire department release, fire crews reported hazardous circumstances to Public Works around the construction site, including several manholes without covers and tall grass obscuring them.
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Brigham said the man, who has not been identified, was transported to the hospital with a possible broken foot. His condition is unknown.