Ohio Teen Travels Quarter Of a Mile Through Sewer
An overflowing creek in a Cleveland suburb sent a 14-year-old boy on the ride of his life.
Jeffrey LaPorta traveled more than a quarter of a mile through multiple storm sewer pipes, at times completely submerged in water, before finding enough breathing room to await rescue. He was eventually pulled out of the sewer in less than an hour, with only scrapes and bruises.
“It was kind of like a waterslide,” Jeffrey said in an interview on Friday with The Associated Press. “But like the waterslide was like very, very steep and went about 20 miles an hour.”
The teen was riding his bike with a friend through puddles created by the rising creek, which flows near a strip mall parking lot in Parma. He fell into the overflowing water just off the edge of the parking lot and was forced into a drain pipe – roughly 2 feet in diameter, authorities said.