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Man Swept Through Sewers, Rescued on Golf Course

Daniel Collins survives one-mile sewage-filled trip
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2010 9:57 AM CDT
Man Swept Through Sewers, Rescued on Golf Course
A worker was swept away in a Missouri manhole.   (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

A Missouri man was swept a mile down a sewer line before finally finding himself rescued … at the 15th hole of a golf course. Daniel Collins, 30, was working on a team reinforcing city pipes yesterday when he entered the sewer system and was caught in the current. Because of the heavy flow—up to 3,000 gallons of raw sewage—he was forced to release his harness and be carried down the 27-inch line.

Collins, who managed to stop himself just before the sewer line went under a lake, was listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital, but his co-workers tell KMBC he is in good condition. He suffered hypothermia, bruises, contusions, and an injured elbow, and is taking antibiotics to combat any possible infections. Adorably, one paramedic says Collins told him he hopes his wife won’t be mad at him.
(Read more sewer stories.)

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