A man in Lawton, Oklahoma was walking outside when he inadvertently dropped a $20 bill. It fell down a storm drain. Because the man, who has not beenidentified, needed the money, he went crawling after it. That, as KSWO 7 News reports, turned out to be a big mistake.
The man, who was disoriented and dehydrated when he was finally back above ground, could not tell the police how he was able to get down into underground pipes. However they speculate it must have been via nearby storm drains. When he got down in there he quickly discovered getting back up wouldn’t be easy. He was as much as 12 feet below in a cramped, dark, and wet pipe, in a system only one with a map would be able to navigate.
It was only when a group of passing high schoolers were walking by that our wayward friend was helped. They heard screams coming from down below and called 911 right away. Once officers arrived on the scene, they removed a manhole cover and saw the man below.
Sergeant John Chelenza told KSWO, “That's the first time in going on 28 years that we have found somebody down in a storm drain.” Sgt. Chelenza was thankful for the teens who called 911, telling the station, “The kids were observant and astute. They did right by calling 911, and who knows they may have saved a man's life.”
So what about that $20? Did the man find it? Sadly, as KSWO reports, he didn’t.
More info: KSWO