Shocking video footage emerged Monday of a woman who was rescued after being found naked, trapped and legs tied in a Florida sewer drain.
NBC 2 obtained a video showing the dramatic rescue of the woman last Friday after a passerby in the parking lot of a Fort Myers restaurant heard her screaming for help before calling police when he found her.
Firefighters had to use special tools to remove the massive drain cover and rescue the woman, who was then taken to a nearby hospital for examination.
The incident occurred at the Burlington Coat Factory and Indian Grill at 4724 South Cleveland Avenue, authorities said.
Police told the outlet that the woman, whose legs were tied with a belt-like material, had been staying at a nearby Travelodge motel.
The woman told authorities she had no idea how she ended up down the drain in the first place. It is still unclear how long she was trapped in the sewer before she was discovered and rescued.
Pictured: A screenshot of Friday night’s surveillance video where a woman was found naked, locked up, with her legs tied together in a Fort Myers sewer drain
Emergency services arrive after a passerby heard the woman’s cry for help. The man called the authorities, who had to use special tools to remove the huge drain cover
Fort Myers police have since reviewed three days of CCTV footage of the parking lot, but said nothing in those three days she went in or was placed in the drain.
“Someone doesn’t just tie up and climb in,” said witness Tim Brown, who also resides at the same Travelodge motel.
“I’ve got my girlfriend with me and I wouldn’t want her going out alone now.”
“It’s scary,” he added.
Now officials are asking for the public’s help in determining how the woman got stuck in the sewer.
Crews removed a grate to access the drain for the March 2021 rescue and used a ladder and harness to bring the woman to ground level as a small crowd cheered
Pictured: The two-meter-deep sewer drain where a woman was found naked and trapped in Delray Beach in March 2021
In March, another woman, who had been missing for several weeks, turned up in a five-foot-deep sewer, local authorities said.
Firefighters pulled the unidentified woman, believed to be in her 40s, from under the sidewalk in Delray Beach after a pedestrian was heard calling for help.
It is not clear how long she was held there.
“She was lucky,” Delray Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Dani Moschella told the Sun Sentinel of the missing woman who was rescued in March.
“I don’t know how much longer she would have been fine down there. The idea that someone could be there for any length of time is disturbing.
Police confirmed she was reported missing from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on March 3, but it’s not clear when she went down the drain or why she was naked.
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Police confirmed she was reported missing to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on March 3.
While the investigation into Friday’s incident is still ongoing, authorities in Delray Beach do not believe the two cases are related.
Delray Beach Police Spokesperson Ted White: “From a police standpoint, we don’t believe a crime has been committed.
“It doesn’t feel like she was taken against her will. It seems that this was done by her own free will.
Police are asking anyone with information about Friday night’s incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be made online at southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or on the P3 Tips mobile app.