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Updated: October 20, 2013 7:51AM



Emergency crews found the body of a 25-year-old man who was trapped in a sewer in the Avondale neighborhood Wednesday night as storms lashed the area.

Gustavo Briceno, who worked for Kenny Construction, was relining a sewer near Elston and Rockwell when he was swept away by rising water as torrential rain flooded the area.

Fire personnel used a remote-control camera to search for him. They found his body, clad in a wetsuit, about a block away in the sewer near Barry and Rockwell, Fire Media Affairs director Larry Langford said.

A man ran up to the scene and said: “That’s my son!”

He was restrained by police and later comforted by construction workers.

Bricino, who lived in west suburban Glendale Heights, was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center just after 11 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

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