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Oklahoma authorities say they rescued a man from a sewer system who claimed he was trying to find his lost $20 bill. (Getty Images)

Oklahoma authorities say they rescued a man from a sewer system who claimed he was trying to find his lost $20 bill. (Getty Images)

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LAWTON, Okla. (CBS Houston) – How far would you go for a dollar? How about $20.

An Oklahoma man’s attempt to retrieve a dropped double-sawbuck landed him not in hot water, but in sewer water.

Police in Lawton tell KSWO-TV they rescued a man trapped in they town’s underground water drainage system for two days.

A group of teens heard cries for help coming from a manhole cover and called 911.

“We see a gentleman down in the bottom of it and it seemed that he had been down there a couple of days,” said Sergeant John Chelenza.

“That’s the first time in going on 28 years that we have found somebody down in a storm drain,” he added.

Lawton police officer Alicia Redding also responded to the call. “I was amazed. I was confused how he had gotten down there and amazed that he was still okay,” she told the station.

The man told cops he dropped the money into a storm drain and had no choice but to go after it. Once he got underground, however, he got lost.

Police say the man suffered minor injuries during his subterranean ordeal, including a bump to the head.

Officer Redding said the man was clearly disoriented. “He did not remember what day it was. He wasn’t sure how long he had been down there. He was pretty dehydrated and not really sure the time the date.”

City officials said the pipe where they found the man has only a 42-inch diameter, meaning he was forced to crawl to get in there.

He never found his twenty-dollar bill he was searching for.

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