Search

‘I am going to die here’: Man from Barking who was trapped in a drain tells his story

PUBLISHED: 16:16 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:24 16 February 2018

Pictured is David Miller, who was stuck down a sewer in Romford for several days. Photo Anthony Shannon.

Pictured is David Miller, who was stuck down a sewer in Romford for several days. Photo Anthony Shannon.

Antony Shannon

A man who was rescued from a drain remembers little of how he ended up in the sewer system after starting his day in Barking.

David Miller, 48, shared his horrifying experience with the Post, after he was rescued from a drain on Brentwood Road, Romford on Thursday, February 8.

David who has been homeless for some time, lives with his friend, Anthony Shannon, in Hedingham Road, Barking.

On Wednesday, February 7 at 9am, David left Anthony’s home to pick up a prescription.

The next thing he remembers is a big bang and darkness.

David has no recollection of how he ended up in the surface water outfall beneath Brentwood Road.

Anthony, 44, told the Post: “It took him hours and hours to get out.

“He just remembers waking up in a dark place and the next thing he was crawling around screaming for help.

“He didn’t know where he was.”

Anthony explained that David crawled past many manholes before he reached Brentwood Road.

However, because of his broken heels and the heaviness of the manhole covers, David wasn’t able to lift them on his own and escape.

“He passed several, but he couldn’t open them, so he would go on to the next one and the next one. But with his legs in a bad way, his heels completely broken and smashed, he couldn’t so it,” said Anthony.

David said the worst part was trying to get out and thinking, “I am going to die in here”.

Anthony added: “I was really worried when I couldn’t find him, I called up a few hospitals and they wouldn’t tell me any details.

“This shouldn’t happen to people.

“It’s never happened before, he wasn’t even drinking. It makes me think he may have been mugged.”

Police and residents rescued David from the drain after hearing his cries for help.

He was treated at the scene for leg injuries and for exposure to cold temperatures and water.

David entered a surface water system that carries rainwater from roads straight out to the River Rom, which means he was not in a foul sewer that carries waste from the toilets.

After a network engineer from Thames Water carried out assessments, it is believed he entered via a surface water outfall located on a new housing estate near South Street, Romford.

A police spokeswoman said: “It is hard to say if the victim has entered at that point. It is around a 8ft drop from the drop, and around 6ft drop from the bank.

“There is nothing to suggest at this moment in time, there was any malicious intent.”

A Thames Water spokeswoman said: “This man had a lucky escape. Entering a sewer is clearly very dangerous and not something anyone should attempt to do.”

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories

The Hammers hold the Blues in London derby showdown by Yarmolenko miss will haunt them

Yesterday, 15:00

Pupils from five Dagenham primary schools have been treated to a special ballet performance - and are set to learn to dance themselves.

Yesterday, 09:16

Barking were left empty-handed after being edged out by Maldon & Tiptree at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday.

Yesterday, 09:00

Barking Market will be marking its revamp with a day full of family fun.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

National League: Eastleigh 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

Saturday, September 22, 2018

We talk to hundreds of local business owners every day; we hear their concerns, understand their challenges and share in their successes.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The 1910s and 1940s were defined by wars. The 70s had power shortages. The 80s the wars on drugs started.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A grandfather’s battle with stage four lung cancer has inspired his daughter and two granddaughters to cut their hair in an event to raise funds for a charity.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Barking and Dagenham is home to Better Extreme, London’s largest indoor skatepark. Whatever your discipline, be it skateboarding, inline, BMX or scootering, there’s a challenge waiting for you.

Barking Sporthouse has a wide range of fun things to do with your children this summer

The festive season is a hectic time for many, with frenzied dashes to the shops for groceries and gifts, and parties to arrange and attend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now