Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Search Continues for Boy Who May Have Fallen Into Griffith Park Pipe

Authorities launched a frantic search for a 13-year-old boy who witnesses say fell into a drainage ditch in an abandoned maintenance building at Griffith Park Firefighters search for teen in Griffith Park drainage ditch
Deanna Wagner | 04 April, 2018, 01:37

Firefighter-paramedics attended to Jesse before he was transported to a hospital for treatment and decontamination. Fire Capt. Erik Scott said sanitation workers played a major role in finding Jesse. 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.

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.

"One was jumping on top of a wooden plank, perhaps not knowing that it led into a drainage pipe". Rescuers managed to pull him out, and one of them gave him a cellphone to call his family.

The other children immediately notified adults, who called 911, initiating a frantic and exhaustive 12-hour search of labyrinthine underground pipes using cameras propped on flotation devices. They notified city authorities a little later. The pipe system feeds down to the Los Angeles River and due to water and gasses in the system, the environment would be hard for one to breathe, officials said.

"Per the family request, LAFD released a picture of Jesse via our social media channels in the hopes that if he is not in the pipe system, someone will see him and notify LAPD".

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

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The search also extended down the L.A. River and inside a water reclamation plant in Glendale, according to CBS2.

Fire department officials said the boy and several friends had climbed over a chain-link fence and went into an abandoned shed on the property, close to where the family was having a picnic, when the boards broke.

Local officials rushed to search for Hernandez on Sunday. "I still can't believe it".

The mayor's crisis response team had been at the command post overnight and thanked the Hernandez family for its support, patience and optimism.

Television news footage showed dozens of firefighters in climbing gear and helmets standing over a hole in the ground, the whole area brightened by floodlights. Monday morning they chanced upon Hernandez, seemingly doing well.