UPDATED: Man sucked into manhole in Castries found alive

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UPDATED: Man sucked into manhole in Castries found alive
A manhole located a short distance away from where the incident occurred on Jeremie Street, Castries.
A manhole located a short distance away from where the incident occurred on Jeremie Street, Castries.
A manhole located a short distance away from where the incident occurred on Jeremie Street, Castries.

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.

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  1. This is a sad story with a happy ending, LETS LEARN FROM IT! The authority with the responsibility for maintenance of manholes in Saint Lucia need to revisit the way in which manholes can be secured. This is the right time to ensure that all manholes are constructed with the appropriate material and well fastened to avoid mishaps like this. Regular servicing should be upheld too. MOVING ON......

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  2. Good job, may god bless you, its nice to hear some good deed being done for a change, we need more good people like him.

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  3. It is actually normal during flooding for manhole covers to be uncovered by the tremendous water pressure, that's why it is never a good idea to walk on flooded streets. It's not a political issue, just the fact that most people are not aware of the danger.

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  4. The manhole cover was lifted from its location because of the following reasons (1) the vent holes were blocked due to lack of maintenance by wasco or (2)the quality is inferior (too light) these covers should be of heavy metal casting: Buying cheap things could cause lives

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  5. i dont even know the guy but i got goose bumbs wen i heard he was alive. glad to hear ur alive buddy!!!!!!

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  6. All manholes should be covered and secured. The only way a manhole's cover to come off should be to unscrew the cover. When will you people stop finding excuses and accepting a mediocre way of life. You must like to say RIP, sorry, sad, accept condolences and the like.

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  7. Award this man "the key to the city" for his bravery which resulted in a life being saved and almost cost him his own.

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  8. Water and sewage company check you all self stop firing people because of the political choices and way of life style. Stop minding people business and study wasco business. Bro and shorty take this further this is not suppose to happen. Sue that political company and

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  9. that story is completly wrong the woman tried to save the man after he fell in trying to remove sticks in the whole then the woman feel in i saw it with my own 2 eyes

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  10. I was concerned about the school children. I think the powers that be gave the green light for schools to be dismissed to late. This could have been disastrous!! Kids were stranded on the streets, parents were panicking etc. When will we ever get it right St. Lucia??

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  11. How intrueing this is very fasintating to know is news thank God I'm safe as well as my family n friends AMEN PRAISE THE LORD

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  12. HE TRIED SAVING THE LADY N HE ALMOST GOT KILLED THOSE KIND OF PPL THEY HAVE TO GIVE AWARDS TO THANK GOD HE SURVIVED THANKS TO HIM THE LADY SURVIVE

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  13. The most important thing for me was rescuing the girl...I am just glad she is safe. We all can play our part in these times.

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  14. It,s soooo good to know that we are serving a God of second chances ,now your life belongs to God , will you give it to him today? God bless you enjoy life man.

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