Saved! After 12 Hours in the L.A. Sewage System
13-Year-Old Found Alive in Sewage System After 12 Hours
Source: The Los Angeles Times
On Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, Jesse Hernandez, 13, fell into the labyrinth of sewage pipes beneath Griffith Park, in Los Angeles, and was lost in a toxic area so hazardous that rescuers could not lower themselves down to look for him. As numerous emergency workers searched through the night, finding no sign of the boy, any hope of rescuing him began to evaporate. Then, at 4 a.m. Monday — nearly 12 hours after Jesse had vanished — rescue workers using closed-circuit cameras that were lowered into the pipes noticed what appeared to be hand marks on one of the pipe walls, leading them to a section of pipe about 1.5 kilometers from where he fell. The frantic search ended happily a short time later, when rescuer workers removed a manhole cover and saw Jesse looking up at them. They quickly lowered an orange hose down and hoisted him up.
Sanitation crews played a major role in finding Jesse. They identified the most likely areas where Jesse would be found and then narrowed the search area after noticing the hand markings on the closed-circuit camera feed. The team immediately focused on that location.
Jesse was taken to a hospital for a full evaluation and then reunited with his family. “I was praying to God to help me and to not die,” he said, after spending nearly 12 hours trapped in the sewer system. “It was all quiet. You could just hear the water running through and you couldn’t see anything. It was dark,” Jesse added.
He was playing in an abandoned building when the plank he was stepping on gave out, and he fell into the sewage system.
“It feels like a miracle,” LAFD Fire Capt. Erik Scott said. “Mouths dropped when that hatch was opened and we got reports back that Jesse was alive.”
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- After: Close the door after leaving (Feche a porta ao sair)
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