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Man Found in Manhole in Houston There for Days

Man Found in Manhole in Houston There for Days
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By    |   Tuesday, 17 October 2017 09:06 AM

A man was found alive days after falling in a manhole in Houston after a road repair crew came across him early Monday morning.

Elmer Espinosa and his workers were taken by surprise when they heard a cry for help emerging from one of the uncovered manholes on the side of the road they were working on and, upon investigation, found a man had fallen into the pit, The New York Times reported.

ABC News reported the man’s identity, saying that Jason Courtney had been walking home from work, across a grassy area, when he fell into the manhole.

In an interview per The New York, Espinosa explained how Courtney had asked them to hurry in getting help as he had been inside the hole for six days.

While waiting for emergency officials to respond, Espinosa tossed some food and water to Courtney.

“It was night-time and deep,” he said.

“Looking all the way down to the bottom, it was a little bit of water circulating all the way down, dirty.”

Espinosa added that Courtney begged the crew not to leave him there.

The Houston Fire Department arrived at the scene to find Courtney had injured his leg and was unable to climb out of the manhole using a ladder lowered into the pit.

A rescuer had to enter the manhole in a harness and haul him to the surface.

Commenting on the incident, Courtney said he had called out for help for days to no avail, adding that his cell phone had washed away in the water upon the fall.

"I did not want to die laying in a bunch of sewage water," he said, according to ABC.

"Like I've been telling everybody, the power of faith and believing in God is a force not to be reckoned with."

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