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Divers Swam in Raw Sewage to Unclog Giant Clogs of Flushable Wipes

When the Charleston Water System noticed that their pumps at the Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Center in South Carolina had clogged, they couldn't just call in any plumber ...

They had to call in a crack team of divers (SEAL Team no. 2, anyone?) to dive into up to 90 feet of raw sewage - in complete darkness - to find and remove the clog by hand. Here's what they found:

"As we expected, they came up with these large masses of wipes in their first two loads, with more to come. They also found a baseball and a big piece of metal."

The Charleston Water System tweeted some pics, and said, "Don't flush stuff like this. Joking of course, but you should only flush #1, #2, and toilet paper."

More pics below for those of you who aren't yet thoroughly grossed out by now.

The diver that they sent in.

Baseball! Who flushes a baseball down the toilet?

From Charleston Water's tweet: "A diver gets ready to enter the 80 ft. deep wet well, a look at the surface where he entered, and a refreshing bleach bath after a nice long swim. Glad to report that we've returned to normal operation today."


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