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Fife man drowns in storm drain

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on Dec. 1, 2012 at 11:18 am |
December 2, 2012 7:06 am

A Fife man drowned in a city storm drain Friday evening while attempting to retrieve keys he had dropped through a street grate.

According to Fife Police, officers arrived at an apartment complex in the 2500 block of 62nd Avenue East at approximately 8 p.m. to find a man half submerged in an underground catch basin.

The man’s head and upper body were underwater, police said, and his legs and feet were visible.

The man was alive when firefighters managed to lift him out, police said, but he died a short time later at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

Police say they believe the man removed the grate covering the drainage pipe to try and retrieve the keys. He evidently lost his balance, they said, and fell head first into the pipe and was unable to get out.

There were no signs of a crime being committed, according to police.

Detectives later managed to recover the man’s keys from the bottom of the drain.

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