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03 April 2018, 04:14 | Katrina Lee
The boy plunged 25 feet into the network of sewers in the evening of Easter Sunday
The boy was jumping on a wooden plank when the plank gave way and he fell some 25 feet down a drainage pipe full of running water, according to KNBC. Cameras were used to look into the pipes, where the boy was located.
Firefighters gave him a cellphone so he could reassure his family, and paramedics took the teen to a hospital for decontamination and medical aid, Scott said.
Los Angeles firefighters search for Jesse Hernandez, 13, who apparently fell down a drainage pipe in Griffith Park on Sunday, April 1, 2018. "As you can imagine, we are overwhelmed with joy".
"It's with happy hearts that all Los Angeles City agencies are able to state that we have found Jesse Hernandez", Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Erik Scott said at a news conference about 5:30 a.m. Monday.
Sanitation workers opened the maintenance hatch and saw Jesse about 11 feet down in the pipe.
"The first thing they heard was 'Help!'" said Adel Hagekhalil, assistant general manager of the sanitation department.
Rescuers had dropped floating cameras into the drainage system in an effort to find the teenager and handed him a mobile phone to call his parents before pulling him to safety.
Rescuers finally found Jesse after seeing images of handprints on a sewage pipe. "The Mayor's Crisis Response Team was also at the command post throughout the night providing welcomed support to the family".
Devin Hernandez described his friend Jesse as "really nice" and said they had earlier been playing soccer together before parting ways so each of their families could do an Easter egg hunt.
The Los Angeles Fire Department did not respond to Newsweek's request for further comment in time for publication.
"It's sad that this happens to him because he just came to the park to have fun", he said. He fell into a sewage system that led to the L.A. River. They attached a camera to a floatation device and send it 300 feet down the pipe.
Cameras used to inspect pipes for fix were used to float at the top of the pipe and crawl along the bottom, Scott said.
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.
The fire department was assisted by the LAPD, the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks, Park Rangers, the Department of Water and Power and the Department of Sanitation.
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