A cleaner drank her own urine to survive while she was trapped in a broken down lift for two days.


A cleaner was forced to drink her own urine to survive while she was trapped in a broken down lift for two days. 


The woman, who has not been named, had not been seen since the afternoon of Friday, May 3 and concerns grew when she did not make contact with her family.

Her relatives contacted the police - who discovered the employee had become stuck in a lift at the Margate Adult Education Centre in Hawley Square, Kent.

She was discovered after 12.42pm on Sunday May 5, just under 48 hours after her reported disappearance.
'The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been made aware.'

A spokesman for HSE said the authority is 'aware and making initial inquiries', but has not confirmed an investigation has been launched as yet.

Kent County Council runs the building, but the company responsible for the cleaning and maintenance is Kier Facilities Management.

Kier is also the cleaner's employer.

Kent Live reported that the employee sustained bruising after trying to escape the lift, before officers forced their way in.

A relative also claimed she was forced to drink her own urine in a bid to stop dehydration.

A statement from the police said: 'While carrying out inquiries, officers found the woman had become trapped in a lift in a building in Hawley Square in Margate.

'Officers were able to manually open the lift and free the woman, who was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

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