Emergency crews rescued a man trapped in a pipe at a United Water treatment plant in Manalapan late Friday morning.
United Water spokesman Rich Henning says workers heard cries for help coming from the pipe around 7 a.m. Friday. Henning says the outflow pipe is used for cleaning a storage facility and is no more than 24 inches wide, adding that there is no problem with the water quality.
Manalapan Mayor Jordan Maskowitz told reporters at the scene that sections of the pipe were removed and heat was pumped in. The man, who was pulled out alive around 11 a.m., was taken away by an ambulance. His condition is not known.
Authorities tell The Asbury Park Press that the man, 26-year-old Manalapan resident Asef Mohammad, has been charged with fourth-degree trespassing.
New Jersey Task Force 1, a technical search and rescue team that specializes in confined space situations, responded to assist local emergency workers, according to Monmouth County Police, Fire, and EMS on Facebook.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.