Florida woman rescued from storm sewer for third time in less than two years

A Florida woman was pulled from a storm drain for the third time in two years last week.

The Delray Beach Police Department said officers and firefighters responded to a report of a woman possibly in distress while swimming in a canal near the 500 block of Lindell Boulevard around noon Wednesday. The department said officers located the woman, identified as Lyndsey Jane Kennedy, and asked her if she needed help.

Kennedy reportedly ignored them and climbed into a storm drain. Delray police said she refused to come out and began crawling further into the culvert pipe, which crossed Lindell Boulevard.

Firefighters were able to keep Kennedy between two sections of pipe while the Delray Beach Fire Rescue Special Operations Team used a ladder and rescue harness to pull her out.

Kennedy appeared to have minor injuries and was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital for further evaluation.

Delray police said firefighters previously rescued Kennedy from a storm sewer in March 2021 after she was missing for three weeks.

Delray police said firefighters previously rescued Kennedy from a storm sewer in March 2021.
Delray Beach Police

According to local media at the time, Kennedy told police she went swimming in a canal near her boyfriend’s house on March 3, the same night her boyfriend reported her missing. While swimming, she said she entered through a door in the shallow end of the channel and noticed a tunnel. She continued to follow the tunnels until she realized she was lost.

Kennedy was eventually rescued near the intersection of West Atlantic Avenue and SW 11th Avenue after a woman called 911 to report a woman crying for help from inside the drain. She said she stopped walking in that area because she could see light and people walking past her.

The woman, who was 43 at the time, told police she had been walking through the sewers for about three weeks. She also said she was living off an unopened can of ginger ale she found in the drain while looking for a way out.


Lyndsey Kennedy was rescued from a storm sewer for the third time on January 18, 2023.
Lyndsey Kennedy was rescued from a storm sewer for the third time on January 18, 2023.
Grand Prairie Police Department

Delray police said Kennedy “appeared consistent” and did not need to be Baker Acted. Police contacted her mother, who said she had a history of mental illness, frequently used illegal narcotics and had a habit of doing ‘strange things’ and ‘making bad decisions’ “.

Prior to her disappearance, Kennedy’s family members said she attended a Bible study with her mother where they learned that the Prophet Elijah was on a journey. Relatives said Kennedy wrote her mother a note saying she planned to take her own trip.

Despite this, the family said they don’t believe their trip was supposed to be through a storm drain.

She was reportedly listed as “in danger” on missing persons documentation from the sheriff’s office, and a detective wrote in the report that she disappeared “under similar circumstances” in April 2020.


Only a pair of scraped and bloody knees can be seen on Lyndsey Kennedy, 43, before she was loaded onto a stretcher en route to a Florida hospital for medical treatment.
Only a pair of scraped and bloody knees can be seen on Lyndsey Kennedy, 43, before she was loaded onto a stretcher en route to a Florida hospital for medical treatment.
Delray Beach Police

Kennedy’s third rescue from the storm sewer was in Grand Prairie, Texas two months later in May 2021. City police searched for four days before her mother and best friend found her in a channel.

In this case, she would have wandered off from a rehab center after checking in. When police saw the woman near a stream and began to approach her, she went to a nearby storm drain, according to WPEC.

A tracking app on her mobile phone allowed her family to find her last location before she disappeared underground. Before she was rescued, her family and friends allegedly threw bags of food and Gatorade into drains in the area.


A member of Delray Beach Fire Rescue climbs into a storm drain to rescue a woman from a sewer.
A member of Delray Beach Fire Rescue climbs into a storm drain to rescue a woman from a sewer.
Delray Beach Police

Kennedy was reportedly arrested in Florida in July 2021 after a hit-and-run when she ran away from a gas station after stealing beer. She nearly ran over the store clerk, who chased her outside, then ran through several red lights before crashing into a car.

Palm Beach County deputies said she ran from the scene of the crash to an apartment complex, but staff led them to her.

Kennedy’s passenger, who was injured, told police she ran because she did not have a driver’s license. Police said his license had been suspended 17 times from 2007 to 2020.

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