NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man was rescued Sunday after he got stuck in a storm drain four days ago near Centennial Park.
Brian Williams, who was attending a swim meet at the Centennial Sportsplex off 25th Avenue North, heard the man calling for help around 12:30 p.m.
“He was yelling, ‘Help! Help!’ sort of repeatedly,” Williams told WKRN.
It didn’t take long for him and his family to find the man stuck in the drain.
“We used our flashlights from our cellphones and we could see him, but he was back in the pipeline a good ways, probably about 10 feet,” Williams explained.
The man was elated when he heard Williams and his family come to his aid.
“He said, ‘Praise God. Thank you. I have been down here forever.’ And he was just very happy at that point,” Williams added.
Firefighters had to dig into the ground and break into a cement pipe to free the man. It took over two hours.
It wasn’t immediately clear how the victim got into the drain, but the assistant chief with the Nashville Fire Department said he had crawled in somewhere along Charlotte Avenue last Thursday.
The man got stuck due to a bend in the narrow drain pipe, which ran next to the Sportsplex’s tennis courts.
He suffered cuts to his body and appeared to be dehydrated. He was immediately given oxygen once he was free and taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment.
The man’s identity wasn’t immediately known.
It was a situation that could have ended much worse.
“If we had some rain, you know obviously he was in a storm drain, so it could have ended very badly for him. I think he had a guardian angel overlooking him and he was able to get out of there alive,” Williams said.