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Homeless Woman Crawls Into San Rafael Pipe for Shelter, Gets Stuck

Firefighters were called out to rescue the woman after she became trapped in the drainage pipe.

By Bay City News: 

A homeless woman is recovering after being rescued from a San Rafael storm drain where she had taken shelter and then gotten stuck over the weekend, a fire battalion chief said Tuesday.

Employees at a car wash at 1515 Second St. heard a woman yelling for help around 8 a.m. Sunday, according to Battalion Chief Paul Crimmins.

The woman was trapped in the drainage pipe and had water up to her knees, but the employees were unable to lift up the roughly 250-pound grate that covered the drain to reach her, he said.

Firefighters used several pry bars to remove the grate, and lowered a ladder down into the pipe.

"It was no easy task," Crimmins said.

San Rafael Fire Chief Chris Gray said the pipe was not quite wide enough in diameter for someone to stand up inside.

The woman was taken to Marin General Hospital and is doing OK, Crimmins said. She had a small dog with her, and the dog was able to get out the other end of the pipe, he added.

Gray and Crimmins said homeless people have been using storm drainage pipes to stay warm during cold weather.

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Michael February 04, 2014 at 05:59 PM
strange story. If the group could not lift the 250 lb. grate to get her out how did she get in? And why was she trapped? Something missing here.
Sharon collins February 04, 2014 at 07:05 PM
Right. How did she get out??????????????

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