Mud-covered man pulled from LI storm drain was trapped for ‘hours, maybe a day’

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VALLEY STREAM, New York – Rescue workers saved a man Wednesday after he ended up trapped in a Long Island storm drain.

Around 11 a.m. a passerby called police after hearing what sounded like a child's voice echoing inside the drain.

Emergency responders rushed to the location, near Corona Avenue and Higbie Street in Valley Stream, but didn't find a child -- instead they found the 41-year-old Laurelton man covered in mud inside the drain.

After roughly an hour they managed to extract the man, who was wearing a hospital bracelet and said he had been in the tunnel for hours, maybe a day.  He explained that he had walked into a drain  in another location and began crawling through the pipes.

The man, who hasn't been identified, was covered in sediment but conscious and walking when he got out.

Firefighters hosed him down and medical personnel checked his vitals; he appeared to be physically fine.


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