Rochester police officers and firefighters were involved in a bizarre rescue operation Saturday. A patrol officer spotted a man lifting a manhole cover on Civic Center Drive near the Civic Theater around 4 p.m. When the officer told the man to put the cover back in place, he apparently lost his balance and fell into the 10 foot hole.

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Police say the man was standing in raw sewage when firefighters began getting him out

He was later taken to St. Mary’s for medical and mental exams.