Crews in one Palm Beach County city were able to rescue a naked woman from a storm drain after what she said was a “significant time” trapped inside.
NBC affiliate WPTV-TV reports the incident occurred Tuesday in Delray Beach, when a passerby heard the woman, later identified as 43-year-old Lyndsey Kennedy, inside the drain and called 911.
Fire rescue crews arrived at the scene along Southwest 11th Avenue just south of Atlantic Avenue. Spokesperson Dani Moschella told the station that crew members used a ladder and harness to get the woman out of the eight foot deep drain.
The woman suffered minor scrapes and was taken to Delray Medical Center for treatment.
Kennedy later told police she went for a swim a canal near her boyfriend's home on March 3rd and noticed a tunnel that led to another tunnel. Kennedy said she realized she was lost and found a location where she could see people walking above her and stayed there for three weeks.
After police located Kennedy on Tuesday, they contacted Kennedy's mother who told them she has a history of drug use and mental illness. A mental health assessment was given, but Kennedy was not taken into protective custody.
"Firefighters go to storm drain calls a lot," Moschella said. "We rescue ducklings and kittens and puppies, and this is the first time anybody can remember actually seeing a person down there."