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Teen found alive in LA drainage pipe after 13-hour search

03 April 2018, 04:44 | Myrtle Vega

13-year-old boy rescued, hours after disappearing into sewer pipes

Boy Survives 12 Hours In LA Sewer After Falling Into Drainage Pipe

More than 100 rescuers worked through the night to try to find the 13-year-old - a task made more hard because, they say, it was too risky to send a searcher into the mazelike network of pipes beneath the city.

Rescuers found Hernandez 13 hours after he fell into a pipe about a mile from where he fell in on Easter Sunday, according to police and media reports.

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They narrowed the search area further after noticing the hand markings on the closed-circuit camera feed from inside a pipe.

"The expertise of the Bureau of Sanitation was instrumental in this search", Stewart said. "Right away, our team focused on that location".

"Approximately 2,400 feet of pipe had been thoroughly inspected and the search was continuing when a maintenance hatch...was opened to insert cameras". The section of pipe was large enough for him to breathe and stand.

"The first thing they heard was 'Help!'" said Adel Hagekhalil, assistant general manager of the sanitation department.

Workers lowered a hose down to the boy and pulled him up. The environment is "extremely risky and toxic", Scott said.

Jesse was given a cell phone so he could speak with his parents, who Scott described as "overwhelmed" with joy. "The Mayor's Crisis Response Team is on scene helping to console and support family members".

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Jesse was playing with relatives in the maintenance building when he jumped on a wooden plank and fell 25 feet into the pipe system. They notified city authorities a little later.

Jesse then fell into a drainage pipe, which was full of running water. Rescuers were not able to enter the drainage area because it was a hazardous environment, according to spokesman for the L.A. Fire Department, David Ortiz.

Jesse was conscious at the time, and brought to a nearby hospital.

"It's sad that this happens to him because he just came to the park to have fun", he said.

The search extended down the L.A. River and inside a water reclamation plant in Glendale, CBS2 reported. They attached a camera to a floatation device and send it 300 feet down the pipe.

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

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

Rescuers dropped cameras that could float along the bottom of pipes where Hernandez fell.

According to the LAFD, the pipes are four feet in diameter, and are filled with liquid at varying depth of two feet and deeper, sometimes moving at 15 miles per hour.

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