Robert Schoff, 77, of Des Moines, Iowa, has survived what he called "the worst Christmas Eve ever."
According to the AP, Schoff spent a hour on Christmas Eve "stuck upside down in the opening of his septic tank, with his head inside and his feet kicking in the air above."
Schoff was attempting to unclog the tank, but slipped and became stuck in the opening. His wife noticed his feet in the air about an hour later but was unable to remove him from the tank.
She called the sheriff's office and deputies managed to pull Schoff out.
"Thank God my wife saw me. I don't think I could have stood staying in there much more," Schoff told the AP.