Thirteen-year-old boy in Los Angeles, California thanks city personnel for rescue from sewage pipe
Sunday, April 8, 2018
On Friday, thirteen-year-old boy Jesse Hernandez thanked city personnel at theof , for rescuing him from an underground city sewage pipe near in Los Angeles four days prior on Monday. The rescue was a result of a search and rescue operation on April 1 — — that took over twelve hours after the boy fell into the sewage by accident.
Hernandez said, "I'm so thankful to everybody who was involved in my rescue. Because of them I'm back with my family. And God for giving me another chance to live."
On April 1, Hernandez and some friends went to play at an abandoned maintenance building. At around 4:30 PM local time, he fell through athat broke, down about 25 feet (8 m) into the sewage, according to spokesman Brian Humphrey. Adults, immediately told by other children, dialed emergency helpline number 9-1-1.
More than 100 people participated in the twelve-hour search-and-rescue effort. The city workers also used a video camera mounted to a floating device.
The environmentally toxic sewage was floating around fifteen(about 24 ), and anyone falling into it had "slim" chance of surviving, Humphrey said, calling the result "miraculous".
City workers identified a search area for Hernandez's location consisting of 6,400(about 2 ) of pipes, 4 feet (1.2 ) in diameter. After thoroughly inspecting about 2,500 feet (760 metres) of pipes, at around 4 am local time, they found handprints on sewers via the camera, helping rescuers identify the spot near the , about 1 (1.6 kilometres) from the abandoned building. When they went to the camera's location, the rescuers heard the boy screaming, "Help!"
The rescue workers lowered a hose 11 feet (3.4 metres) down into the pipe to Hernandez. The boy was treated by paramedics for decontamination, used a worker's cell phone to notify his parents he was rescued, and was transported to the hospital. The hospital released him by 11:15 AM, local time.
Later that week, city councilmanannounced city plans to demolish, or secure, any abandoned maintenance buildings, including the one where Hernandez fell from, to avoid similar situations happening again.
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