Mo. man swept away in sewer released from hospital

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Posted: Nov 01, 2010 3:23 PM
Mo. man swept away in sewer released from hospital

A Missouri man who was swept more than a mile through a sanitary sewer he was checking has been released from a Kansas City hospital.

St. Luke's Hospital says 30-year-old Daniel Collins was released Monday after being treated for hypothermia, severe respiratory failure and pneumonia. Collins had been admitted in critical condition after he was rescued Oct. 12 from a sewer system in suburban Raymore.

The married father of three from Collins, Mo., was wearing a safety harness when he descended into the sewer. It's not known how he became untethered as he was swept by rushing water and sewage through the 27-inch pipe. Collins spent about 90 minutes in the sewer system before rescuers checking manholes pulled him to safety.