Indiana man rescued after 3 days lost inside a storm drain

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Indianapolis Star on 3/5/2021 by Lawrence Andrea

Mar 5, 2021 CONNERSVILLE — An eastern Indiana man who became lost after entering a storm drain to avoid his probation officer was rescued early Friday after spending at least three days in the chilly drainage system, police said a Connersville police officer heard the 35-year-old man crying for help about 2 a.m. Friday and followed his cries to where the man was below ground in the drain, police said.

Firefighters and emergency medical personnel later pulled the man through a manhole in the middle of a street.

Connersville’s assistant fire chief, Nate Stevens, told The Indianapolis Star the man had become lost in the dark of the storm sewer beneath the city about 50 miles east of Indianapolis.

Fire department personnel reported the man was found wearing pajama pants and a sweatshirt when he was rescued, and a police report states that he was “shaking violently” after his ordeal.

Nighttime temperatures in the area fell below freezing over the last few days, according to the National Weather Service.

After the man was taken to a hospital, he told police he entered the drainage system “at least three days” prior near the Whitewater River, about a quarter-mile from where he was found.

The man, who was convicted in 2019 of dealing methamphetamine, told officers he “entered the pipe because he was running from his probation officer.”

The probation officer told officers he had reached out to the man Monday “only to verify his address.”