Man rescued from underground sewer near Western University: London, Ont., fire crew

The man rescued from the sewer was assessed by paramedics and taken to hospital for further assessments, according to the district fire chief. Alexander Quon/Global News

Fire crews in London, Ont., made a rare rescue Friday night near Western University.

District chief Nick Hewetson with the London Fire Department told 980 CFPL the Western University police and London police were initially called for a report of a “possible person that might be stuck in a storm drain sewer, and that was under Western Road near Platts Lane.”

The department first tweeted about the situation at 9:22 p.m. Friday.

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Hewetson says fire crews were dispatched and got access to a large culvert. The location was around 600 metres away from TD Stadium.

“Visually, they could not see anything, but they did hear a sound of some sort deep in the culvert,” said Hewetson.

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More crews were called to help, and London’s sewer operations supervisor was on-site to assist.

The district chief says the man in the sewer was stuck for at least two-and-a-half hours.

Fire crews eventually found the man, “who was disoriented and lost.”

Hewetson says the man climbed his way out on his own, “which was a good sign.”

He was assessed by paramedics on-site and taken to hospital for further assessments.

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It’s unknown how the man entered the sewer system, Hewetson said, adding that the man is a local.

The district chief says fire crews were not too concerned with whether the sewer would fill up with water while the man was inside.

“This was a storm run-off… Speaking with (the) sewers operations supervisor on-site, there was no danger of flooding or additional water going into that system, because it is a storm drain system.”

London police are investigating and assessing how the man might’ve entered the sewer.

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