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The police identified the deceased as Mahendran (45), a resident of Maduravoyal, working as a field worker at the station.
The Otteri police said that when Mahendran peeped into the well to check the level of the sewage water, he lost balance and fell into it. The accident occurred around 2-15 p.m. Co-workers raised an alarm.
The rescue operation was hindered as the level of sewage water in the well was around 15 feet, the police said. The Fire Service personnel waited until the sewage was pumped out of the well. They fished out the body from about three-foot deep sewage water around 4-30 p.m.
The body was sent to the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital for post-mortem.
The police said Mahendran was through with his duty for the day and was routinely checking the level of water in the well for reporting it to the field worker on duty in the next shift.
He was reportedly in an inebriated state, the police said.
3 workers rescued
In another operation, the Fire Service personnel rescued three workers stuck inside a well at the pumping station on Thomas Road, T.Nagar.
The police said that as Swaminathan (27), Ranganathan (47) and Subramani (37) were clearing the slush, the water level rose and they were submerged in neck-deep sewage water. They were stuck in the heavy sludge and could not get out of the well, the police said. The Fire Service personnel pulled them out.
They were treated as outpatients in the Government Royapettah Hospital.
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