Fla. sewer plant employee dies after falling into tank
(WPTV.COM) WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Authorities say the body of a West Palm Beach sewer plant operator has been found in a sewage pipe, nearly 18 hours after he fell into an open tank.
Herminio Padilla Jr. was reported missing early Saturday at the East Central Regional Water Reclamation Facility.
Plant operators spent hours training the tank and underground pipes before they could find the body of the 48-year-old man.
Police Detective Lori Colombino tells The Palm Beach Post that Padilla’s death appears to be accidental.
It wasn’t immediately clear how Padilla fell into the tank.
Padilla previously worked as a corrections officer at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He left that agency in 2007.