LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas Fire & Rescue received a call at 2:37 a.m. Aug. 14 about a deceased male in a storm drain near West Bonanza Road and City Parkway.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they discovered the man was in the drainpipe about 30 feet below the road. Due to the difficulty in reaching the body, the fire department called in the Technical Rescue Team, Heavy Rescue 44.
Crews entered the drain system through a large opening near East Bonanza Road and Casino Center Boulevard.
Firefighters were able to walk through the system from that point but had to hike about a half mile into the storm drain system to where the body was located. It appeared to firefighters the individual was likely living at that location in the storm drain. Firefighters brought the body out to investigators from the Clark County Coroner’s Office and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.
The operation took about three hours to accomplish.
The cause of death is being investigated by police and the coroner’s office.
There was no injuries to any first responders.