...was using a metal snake to unclog a pipe at the Channel Apartments when the tubing coiled and tightened around his hand and pulled him toward the drain, police said. Cunningham was unable to free himself. He called police on his cell phone. When police arrived, they could not free him, either. They called the Town Bank Volunteer Fire Company, which responded and cut him loose.
The Press of Atlantic City story goes on to explain that the snake broke though the pipe and was sprung upon by a animal trap left in a crawl space.
Mr. Rooter owner Frank Czeronka went to the apartment complex to finish the job Monday night. ... "I couldn't believe it. We deal with drain traps every day - but a leghold trap?" he said.
Don't let this tale scare you out of a DIY sanke job. By using caution and following the safety rules of the machine, your snaking projects should be problem free