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2007 At-Risk Survivor

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Stormwater Surfer
2007 At-Risk Survivor
Unconfirmed by Darwin

(January 2007, Australia) A 25-year-old Brisbane man came frightfully close to literally sucking himself down the drain of the gene pool! When flash floods turned Brisbane streets into raging rivers, this one thought it would be fun to catch a wave on his surfboard. Fun was fun, until his foot wedged in a storm drain and he was sucked down.

After a bumpy and winding three kilometer ride through the storm sewer, he popped out in a creek, relatively unscathed. The young man who found the lucky survivor had this advice for those thinking to emulate the surfer's adventure: "Never surf on a flooded street."


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