Trespasser Stuck for Hours in Pipe at NJ Water Utility

By Brian Thompson
|  Friday, Jan 17, 2014  |  Updated 11:13 AM PDT
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Trespasser Stuck for Hours in Pipe at NJ Water Utility

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A 25-year-old man who apparently jumped a fence at a United Water facility in New Jersey somehow got stuck for hours in a pipe there Friday.

Workers arrived at the Manalapan facility Friday morning and "heard cries for help" coming from an area that has a wellhead with a storage tank, according to Rich Henning, a United Water spokesman.

Police Capt. Mike Fountain said the man is believed to have left his home around 2:30 a.m. wearing only a jacket and shorts. 

Manalapan Mayor Jordan Maskowitz said the man was trapped in a section where it bends, known as an elbow. Sections of the pipe were removed to get him out, and heat was pumped in.

He was freed at about 11 a.m.

The mayor said the man is known to police, but would not elaborate.

Henning said the water supply was not affected.

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