STOCKTON, IA - An autopsy has been conducted on an Illinois man who died in a scuba accident inside a massive farm tank in Eastern Iowa last month, US News reports.
The 54-year-old man was a self-employed contractor who had been engaged by Sievers Family Farm in Stockton to fix an agitator cable located inside a million-gallon anaerobic digester on the property. Colloquially known as a manure tank, an anaerobic digester is used to break down food and animal waste to create methane.
The diver was apparently working with his fiancée at the time, and radioed for her that he was removing his helmet. When she pulled the rope to remove him from the tank, the helmet came up instead, leaving him behind.
Commercial divers were eventually able to recover the man's body from the tank.
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