Homeless San Diegans rescued from Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego Fire Department helped three homeless people to safety from inside the Cabrillo Bridge over Laurel St. Friday.

A passerby walking on the bridge heard a tapping coming from a manhole at 1 p.m.,  SDFD Battalion Chief Ted Moran said.

Firefighters responded to the scene and removed the manhole. The three trapped persons climbed out on their own.

One of the rescued transients, J.C. Lizardi, said he was living in the bridge because homeless shelters are full. He told 10News one of the other transients in the bridge became claustrophic and needed help.

The Cabrillo Bridge is hollow and contains catwalks, said Moran. He suggested it may be appealing for transients who want to stay out of the elements.

San Diego Police cited the rescued group for misdemeanor trespassing.

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