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“AP SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (June 7) - A 41-year-old man drowned Wednesday after getting stuck in a storm sewer trying to retrieve a cell phone, police said.
The man weighed more that 300 pounds and was wedged with his head and shoulders underwater in a vertical storm drain in front of his home, said police Lt. Tim Eirich.
The man's identity was not released pending notification of relatives.
Neighbor Chris Van Erem said he saw the man kneeling over the sewer before he fell in. Police said the man pulled the iron gate off trying to get the cell phone.
Then, a child from the neighborhood ran toward Van Erem frantically. Van Erem said he then saw the man's feet sticking up out of the grate.
"I ran over and tried to pull him on out," Van Erem said. "Absolutely helpless was the feeling. I couldn't budge him."
Van Erem had the child call 911 as he continued to try to free the man.
"I could see his head and his shoulders were completely under the water," he said. "His legs weren't moving. He was completely unresponsive."
Van Erem said it ultimately took six firefighters to pull the man from the sewer. Sheboygan County Coroner David Leffin ruled the man's death as an accidental drowning.
The man's cell phone was later found at the bottom of the sewer, police said.”
“wow, and just what is your phone worth to you?”
“Do you think the family will sue the cell phone company for assisted sewercide? Will his cell phone get charged for the assistance?”
“Can't we get a law that lists Death by Darwin...and we just let it go.”
“What about roaming charges?”
“LOL...Can you hear me BLUB BLUB BLUB....”
“i would love for my cell phone to "accidentally" fall into the sewer”
“Washington , PC
Department of Transportation
A ruling is being formulated to ensure that all storm grates and sewer intakes in roadways throughout the United states will be retrofitted to ensure the opening will accommodate the mass of a Percheron Draft horse allowing said horse to be lowered into and extracted from the opening with minimal force. This will ensure that our citizenry, who rarely reach the weight and girth of a draft horse, will be safe when entering or exiting roadway opening in their quest for cell phones, Bic Stic pens or state quarters.
Other safety precautions considered were regulations requiring to grates slots be small enough so as to prevent the new state nickels from slipping through. However, Natural conservancy groups lobbied that such sizing would not allow dead rats to slide into the sewers resulting in the deceased rodent population remaining above the road surface creating foul and possibly unhealthy conditions to persist. In addition, the DOT studies showed that such slot openings would present no danger to the bicycling communities resulting in the loss of excitement and thrills when the front wheel of a bicycle gets caught in the sewer grates.
The regulations will maintain the same grate slot openings while providing more area for rats and bicycle tires to descend. Public hearings on the said regulations will be held at locations to be announced.
Please send comments to the DOT concerning these regulations referring to reg #1258-98326-2007-432867.”
“Rev, did you write that? Good stuff!
(What's Washington, PC?)”
guess he should done like I do, have the kid get it out for you”
That must have hurt!
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