Second Man's Body Recovered from Sewer

Man found near entrance to sanitation facility

By Frank Heinz
|  Friday, Nov 4, 2011  |  Updated 4:19 PM CDT
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Jeronimo Cruz died trying to rescue his coworker from a sewer line in Fairview on Thursday, that man is still missing.

Randy McIlwain, NBC 5 News

Jeronimo Cruz died trying to rescue his coworker from a sewer line in Fairview on Thursday, that man is still missing.

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The second victim of Thursday's sewer line incident was located just after noon Friday.

The man, whose name has not been released, was located near an entrance to the North Texas Municipal Water District's sanitation facility in a pit of water 8-to-12 feet deep.

Rescue divers were able to recover the man and bring him back to the surface shortly before 4 p.m.

Fairview Fire Chief Dick Price said a blockage that was thought to be the man earlier in the morning turned out to be an abnormality in the pipeline.

Emergency officials say two men, while not wearing protective breathing equipment, were apparently overcome by fumes while working on the line around 8 a.m. Thursday. A third worker, the first victim's brother, called 911.

Jeronimo Cruz, 44, was located Thursday morning and was been removed from the sewer line.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been called in to help investigate the incident.

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