By Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2021

ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - A man in his 90s when rescued Saturday after falling about 10 feet down a storm drain on Long Island, New York, firefighters said.

Fire officials say it appears a storm drain grate gave way when the man stepped on it in Central Islip. He was found by a neighbor who was taking a walk and heard him moaning for help, authorities said. Someone called 911 at about 1:15 p.m.

It took first responders about 45 minutes to get the man out, said Central Islip Fire Chief Christopher Portelli.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to recover.

Neighbor Charlie Marshall told Newsday that he was taking a walk when he found the man. He said the man’s car was parked next to a trash bin with its engine running and driver’s door open.

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