Savannah Fire rescues missing man from storm drain

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via Savannah Fire Department

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Firefighters rescued a young man from a storm drain in Southside Savannah Tuesday morning.

Hours before he was located, the Savannah Police Department sent out a missing person alert for Phillip Cater, 23, who has special needs. Police said he had not been seen since 6:45 p.m. Monday on White Bluff Road.

Around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Savannah Fire Department responded to a parking lot on Abercorn Street for a technical rescue.

“A man who was walking through the parking lot said he heard a voice coming from a storm drain,” the department stated. “He looked down through the storm drain cover and saw a person inside.”

Firefighters searched for a possible point of entry to the storm drain system, but ultimately the victim, later identified as Cater, was unable to tell them how he made his way to the drain.

According to Savannah Fire, the only known point of entry was a drainage canal over 600 yards away from the scene.

Firefighters instead used tools to cut through the welded storm drain cover and rescued Cater without injury.

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