UPDATE: Child Survives Storm Drain in Air Pocket

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TUESDAY 8/28/2018 8:09 p.m.

           A child in Calumet County survived being sucked into a storm drain in the Town of Harrison Tuesday night. Authorities tell Local Five News that an 11 year old boy was playing with friends about 6pm Tuesday night when he reportedly noticed that a storm drain in the street was blocked. He went home to get goggles and came back to try to clear the drain. When he attempted to clear it, he was sucked into the drain.  Friends tried to reach him unsuccessfully, then ran home to tell their parents.  About 40 members of the Town of Harrison Fire Department and a dive team joined in the search for the boy. Meantime, the boy had managed to hold on to a manhole cover  where he found a pocket of air and yelled for rescuers – who were able to reach him in time when they spotted his finger sticking out of the manhole cover.
             The boy was taken to the hospital with his parents. He is expected to be okay. Stay with Local Five News for the latest on this story. 

         The Calumet County Sheriff’s Department released a news release on the incident tonight. You can read it below: 

On 8/28/18, at approximately 6 PM The Calumet County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call of a 11 year old boy who went missing in a drainage ditch in the Village of Harrison. Deputies arrived on scene and found the road was flooded with about 3 feet of water. Deputies were informed by family members that the victim and several friends were playing in the drainage ditch when the victim went under the water and never resurfaced. A search of the ditch and adjoining storm sewer was started. Deputies were assisted by the Harrison Fire Department and First Responders as well as the Town of Buchannan Fire Department, Calumet County Dive team, Department of natural Resources and State Patrol. As the water began to recede a member of the Harrison Fire Department noticed a finger sticking out of a manhole cover approximately 30 feet from the culvert where the boy was last seen. The manhole cover was removed and the boy was pulled to safety. The boy was transported to a local hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance and was conscious and alert at the time. Sheriff’s officials are warning parents to not allow children to play in or near drainage ditches or retaining ponds especially during storms. The rapid water movement during these times can be life threatening.

LT Mark Wiegert

Calumet County Sheriff’s Department


TUESDAY 8/28/2018 7:27 p.m.

Local 5 is learning that the child survived by finding an air pocket.

Watch the full explanation of the event in the Facebook Live video below:

TUESDAY 8/28/2018 6:41 p.m.

Local 5 has confirmed the child has been found safe.


TUESDAY 8/28/2018 6:21 p.m.

Calumet County Sheriff’s Office is investigating reports that a child was sucked into a storm drain in the Town of Harrison.

Local 5 has a crew on the way and will update the story as we learn more.

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