January 7, 1996 in Nation/World

Drunk Man Falls Into Sewer, Lost For 8 Days

Compiled From Wire Services

A man who fell into a manhole after a year-end drinking binge was rescued Saturday after eight days of wandering through dark sewage ducts.

“It was pitch-dark down there. I scrambled for the way out and yelled repeatedly for help, but nobody came,” Cho Sung-chul, 51, told police.

Police believe Cho - heavily intoxicated - lost consciousness after he fell into the manhole on Dec. 28. When he came to senses, they said, he lost his way in the dark labyrinth of the sewage system.

He was rescued by police early Saturday after a man heard a feeble cry for help near his home in southern Seoul.

Cho was in stable condition Saturday at a hospital.

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