“He could have died” Man’s lucky escape after falling down drain

UPDATE @ 1.00 PM | A man is lucky to be alive after falling down an open drain hole on the Gold Coast.

The man, aged in his 50s, was walking home from the shops when he plunged three metres down an open grate on Nielsons Road in Carrara just after 11.00am.

High Acuity Response Unit Paramedic Gary Berkowitz told myGC the man managed to alert emergency services by phoning them on his mobile phone.


“He was quite lucky he was able to do so because the signal for mobile phones wasn’t great in the tunnel system he was in,” Mr Berkowitz said.

“It was a bit of a challenge to find him as there were no visual clues as to where he was but when we got closer we could hear him calling out, so we just walked towards the sound of his voice”.

The man was extricated out of the drain by emergency services using a rescue basket and miraculously managed to escape with just an ankle and foot injury.

Authorities said the man was extremely lucky to have not suffered more significant injuries.

“If he had knocked himself out and become unconscious, it’s quite likely he could have died from a head injury and not be discovered for quite some time.

“He seems to be quite a lucky guy,” Mr Berkowitz said.

The man has been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

EARLIER @ 12.00PM | A rescue operation is underway on the Gold Coast after a man fell down an open drain hole.

The frightening incident happened on Nielsons Road and Coelia Court in Carrara just after 11.00am on Wednesday.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told myGC that paramedics, including Critical Care and the High Acuity Response Unit, are on scene.

While additional emergency services are also assisting with trying to extricate the man out from the drain hole.

It’s understood he has suffered lower leg injuries, however his condition is not yet known.