Good Samaritan nearly drowns after falling down Miami Beach storm drain

 

cveiga@MiamiHerald.com

A Good Samaritan who tried to retrieve a woman’s keys that fell down a Miami Beach storm drain during Tuesday’s rainstorm was sucked in and nearly drowned, police said.

Miami Beach Fire Rescue workers had to pull the 50-year-old man out of a manhole some 10-feet away from the sewer.

The unidentified man was rushed to a Miami Beach hospital in extremely critical condition.

The freak accident happened around 3:30 p.m. when the unidentified man saw a woman’s’ keys float into a sewer drain. He reached in to get them but was sucked in and was trapped by the flooding that occurred on Miami Beach due to heavy rains in the area of 74th Street and Collins Avenue.

“He tried to get the lady’s keys out of the drain and was trapped; Miami Beach Fire had to pull him out of through a manhole,” said Miami Beach police spokesman Bobby Hernandez.

Miami Beach Fire Rescue workers managed to open the nearby manhole and pulled out the unconscious. He was resuscitated at the scene and transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

This story will be updated when more information is known

Miami Herald staffer Luisa Yanez contributed to this report.

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