A man who went missing after he was sucked into the city sewer system through an open manhole cover on Jeremie Street, Castries today (Nov.6) has been found alive.
An emergency official told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that two persons, the man and a female, were initially sucked into the open manhole, after the said man attempted to assist the woman.
In trying to do so, the man was sucked in also. The woman was later rescued, but there were no signs of the man. But on their arrival, emergencies respondents realised that he was still in the manhole.
One officer told SNO that the man held onto a grill, at the bottom of the manhole, which prevented him from being washed away; despite water was rushing through it.
He was later retrieved by the emergency team and taken to the hospital for a check-up.
A source told SNO that the unidentified man is doing well and even went to visit the woman who he tried to save. The source said, “He is St. Lucia’s new hero.”
St. Lucia has been affected by major flooding in several parts of the island including: the capital -Castries and other areas such as Bexon and Sunny Acres, among others.
The island has recorded 12.3 millimeters of rainfall within the last 24 hours, due to a tropical wave being experienced in the Lesser Antilles.