Firefighters Rescue a Woman Found in a Storm Drain after She Had Been Missing for 3 Weeks

Lois Oladejo
Mar 26, 2021
02:10 A.M.
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A woman who was reported missing a few weeks ago has been rescued from a storm drain in Florida. Reports have it that the 43-year-old has a history of mental illness and substance abuse.


Lyndsey Jane Kennedy, a woman who was previously reported missing, has been found in a storm drain. Authorities, however, have no clear information on how she got there.

Florida firefighters found Kennedy, 43, in the bizarre location after responding to a 911 call from a passerby who had heard the middle-aged woman cry for help.

Police car with blue lights on the roof | Photo: Pixabay


Taking to Twitter, the Delray Beach Fire Rescue revealed that they rescued Kennedy using a ladder and harness, which was used to raise her to ground level. She was later taken to the hospital.

Kennedy was first reported missing earlier this month on March 3 in Palm Beach County. She had reportedly been swimming in a canal close to her boyfriend's house when she disappeared.

Police officers on September 23, 2017 in Sydney, Australia | Photo: Getty Images


The 43-year-old, who reportedly struggles with mental illness and substance abuse in the past, claimed to have gotten curious after spotting a tunnel near the canal.

She followed the tunnel, which led to another tunnel, and soon enough, Kennedy realized she was lost. According to her, she was stuck in the drain for about three weeks.

In 2019, a newborn was rescued from a stormwater drain in Durban.


Speaking about the incident, Delray Beach Fire Rescue spokesperson Dani Moschella noted that Kennedy was fortunate to have survived, seeing that the drain is dirty and dangerous.

He described the idea of anyone being down there as disturbing, adding that if Kennedy had been in the drain much longer, she might not have come out unharmed.

A police car and the city lights in the background | Photo: Shutterstock


While Kennedy's story is indeed bizarre, it is not the first case that has been recorded in recent years. In 2019, a newborn was rescued from a stormwater drain in Durban.

After officials rescued the baby, she was taken to the hospital, quickly warmed up, and washed. Several medical tests, however, later confirmed her to be in great shape.


The little one trapped in the stormwater pipe for at least five hours was therefore described as a miracle baby for making it out unharmed.

Similarly, last December, two people who had been living in a tunnel were rescued after a sudden mighty rush of water left them trapped in the storm drain. 

In a world full of unexpected events, these incidents surely qualify as bizarre; nonetheless, there is no doubt that their loved ones remain grateful to still have them close.