The importance of properly secured septic tank lids and safety equipment can't be overestimated

A recent tragedy in North Dakota again highlights the need to properly secure septic tank lids, and is a sad reminder of how dangerous it is to enter septic tanks without the appropriate equipment.

A 19-year-old man from Jud died trying to save a puppy that had fallen into an uncovered septic tank, according to a news release from LaMoure County sheriff Bob Fernandes.

The sheriff said Jesse Wagner went into the tank to save the puppy, and the animal crawled up onto his shoulders, where it was rescued by Wagner’s mother.

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After that, Wagner lost his grip and fell around 10 feet back into the tank, where he died. It took rescue crews half an hour to recover his body.

Source: KFGO

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