On Saturday, June 13, while I watched TV in my Oro Vista Villas apartment at 1:00 p.m., I heard a man yell. Jumping up from my recliner, I went out onto the balcony. I thought one of the workers who’ve been refurbishing the pool had gotten hurt.

Inspecting the area, I could see a man on his knees behind a palm tree, which obstructed most of my view. His fellow workers stood around him. "Call 911?” I yelled. “¡Si! responded one of the workers. I asked, “What happened?" but I couldn’t understand him.

Five minutes later I heard sirens and saw San Diego Fire & Rescue pull up. I observed from my balcony as personnel huddled around the victim and spoke to him. After about a half hour, the man emerged, holding his hand.

As rescue personnel left, I asked one off the crew what had happened. "All I can say is he's really lucky and okay!"

Later, the complex manager told me that a plumber, while cleaning a drain, got his hand caught in the cable of the "snake machine" and the snake pulled his hand down the drain almost the length of his arm.

In the end, the man was fine and returned to work.

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