After Madgiana Holverson, 47, accidentally dropped her keys into the storm drain in bad weather Tuesday, Richard Brandenburg, 49, volunteered to dive in and find them, after a smoke and a drink. He entered the cold water three times, not resurfacing on the last attempt, police said.
After a passerby attempted a rescue by partially lowering himself into the drain, Miami Beach Fire Rescue arrived and recovered Brandenburg, who had suffered cardiac arrest, by removing a nearby manhole cover, The Miami Herald reported.
Brandenburg was recovering in a hospital, the newspaper said.
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