Rescuers pull dead man from flood drain

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SAN DIEGO — A dead man was found floating in a rain-swollen waterway near Gillespie Field Tuesday.

The unidentified body was drifting to the north in Forester Creek in El Cajon when a passer-by spotted it shortly before 11 a.m., according to police.

A short time later, sheriff’s deputies found the corpse lodged in foliage in a stretch of the stream alongside Prospect Avenue in Santee, just west of Cuyamaca Street, said Richard Smith, acting chief of the Santee Fire Department.

A dive team from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department was called in to assist and had the body out of the creek by 11:45 a.m., Smith said.

The county Medical Examiner’s Office was summoned to take custody of the body for identification and autopsy purposes.

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