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ATCEMS: Search team rescues person trapped in north Austin sewer for 2 days

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin emergency personnel have rescued a person trapped in a sewer for two days in north Austin, they say.

A member of the Austin Fire Department told KXAN a cyclist spotted the 29-year-old man, who was waving his hands from a storm drain, at the 8400 block of Research Boulevard.

Rescuers had to access the sewer 3/4 of a mile away from where the man was located. Authorities said the man was thirsty and hungry, but for being down there for two days, they said the man was in good condition.

It took the crew about an hour to reach the man and get him out, authorities said. ATCEMS said they’ll take him to the hospital if they need to.

Rescue crews took about an hour to pull a man out of a sewer in north Austin on Thursday. The man said he was down for two days. (ATCEMS photo from Twitter)

City of Austin Public Works also responded to the scene.

It was first reported as a “trench rescue” by ATCEMS, but was later revised to a “technical rescue.”

ATCEMS first reported the incident via their Twitter account 11:56 a.m.

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