Boy Survives After Falling Into Drainage Pipe At LA Park

Search underway after boy reportedly falls into drainage ditch in Los Angeles

A 13-year-old boy who fell into a drainage pipe during a family Easter outing at a Los Angeles park was found alive early Monday following a frantic, 12-hour search of the underground system, authorities said.

The incident was reported at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday by a bystander, LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said, prompting a search that began at 5254 W. Zoo Dr., near the train museum in Griffith Park.

A plank broke and Jesse fell about eight metres and landed in fast-moving sewage, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Searchers doggedly inspecting a complex drainage system network found Jesse Hernandez, 13, at a Burbank location around dawn. The system includes water from the Los Angeles River but can also trap gases, making the search unsafe for rescue teams.

Scott said responders used floating cameras from third-party vendors to spot Jesse.

Rescuers finally spotted the boy about 12 hours later after they saw images of handprints on a sewage pipe captured by a camera they had lowered down into the system of mazelike pipes to help the search.

The teenager was taken to hospital for assessment and decontamination but is expected to be released this morning.

The section of pipe near where Jesse was found was so wide the teen could stand up, Scott said.

"It appears he was trying to get out", said LA Sanitation Department Assistant Director Adel Hagekhalil.

"We called, sent text messages - it rings but it goes to voicemail", Barraza said. "The Mayor's Crisis Response Team is on scene helping to console and support family members". The area, a decommissioned LA city sanitation facility, was fenced off, authorities said.

Firefighters were "also using gas meters and all available equipment to safely conduct this on-going search", the statement said.

Rescuers narrowed the search area from 6,400 feet to 2,400 feet of pipe feeding into the Los Angeles river.

Erik Scott made the announcement at 5:41 a.m.

Throughout the system, pipes are filled with varying depths of water moving at 15 miles per hour.

"The vendor cameras are able to both float at the top of the pipe and crawl along the bottom".

The fire department noted the "excellent teamwork" among agencies - which include fire and its urban search and rescue, police, highway patrol, city recreation and parks, park rangers, the water and power department, and experts from the sanitation, engineering and contract administration bureaus.

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