San Bernardino Man Rescued After Getting Stuck in Storm Drain

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San Bernardino firefighters rescued a 51-year-old man who became stuck in a manhole after attempting to retrieve his cellphone Tuesday night.

Fire officials received a call just after 7 p.m. of a man stuck in a 6-foot deep manhole in a strip mall parking lot near Baseline Road and G Street, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

The man, identified as Ronnie Wayne in The San Bernardino Sun, said his cell phone fell into the storm drain and he was trying to retrieve it when he became stuck.

Wayne's friends attempted to help him and bought some rope from a local discount store to pull him out but the rope was not strong enough, officials said.

"He was about three or four feet down. We were able to get a rope around him and pull him up out of the manhole," said Batt. Chief Gary Jager. "It was pretty quick and easy rescue."

Wayne was stuck for two hours before firefighters rescued him from the drain. He suffered minor cuts on his back but did not require medical treatment.

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