Ariz. Crews Rescue Naked Man From Manhole

GILBERT, Ariz. -- Gilbert firefighters were searching for the naked truth after they rescued a man in the buff who was stuck in a city manhole. Firefighters said they didn't know if the man uncovered the manhole to climb in, but they did know he...


GILBERT, Ariz. --

Gilbert firefighters were searching for the naked truth after they rescued a man in the buff who was stuck in a city manhole.

Firefighters said they didn't know if the man uncovered the manhole to climb in, but they did know he didn't have a stitch of clothing on when they pulled him out.

Gilber police said the man left his home Tuesday morning acting strangely. Later that morning, police said they received a call about a man in a neigborhood with erratic behavior.

Officers said they were unable to locate the man until about 11 p.m. when a passer-by called 911 after hearing screams coming from the manhole, according to Capt. Mike Connor of the Gilbert Fire Department.

Connor said the man told firefighters he entered the manhole to rescue children he thought were trapped. Connor said firefighters didn't believe any children were involved.

A police spokesman said the man was under the influence of PCP, marijuana and mushrooms.

The man became stuck about 25 feet into the manhole, Connor said.

The man, who crews said was in his mid-30s, was taken to a local hospital with scrapes and bruises, and Gilbert police were expected to interview the man at the hospital, Connor said.

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