Five young boys were successfully rescued after getting lost in Staten Island's sewer system. The group of adventurous boys had crawled into a tunnel and got disoriented, leading them to lose their way.
The incident took place on Tuesday evening when the boys, aged between 8 and 12 years old, were playing near their homes. They found an open manhole cover and decided to explore the tunnels beneath the street.
However, they soon realized that they had lost their way and could not find a way out. One of the boys called 911 for help while others screamed for assistance.
Audio released from the 911 call captures the harrowing moments as firefighters attempted to locate them beneath several manholes. The audio revealed that one boy said "We can't get up" while another was heard screaming "Please come help us!"
Several firefighters responded immediately to the distress call and began searching for them with flashlights. They finally located them after an hour-long search deep within the sewer system.
The rescue team managed to pull all five boys out safely without any injuries or harm done. It was a close call for these young adventurers who luckily managed to escape unscathed from this dangerous situation.
According to local authorities, parents should always keep watchful eyes on children playing outside near open manholes or drains during rainstorms when floodwaters can create dangerous conditions underground.
This incident serves as a reminder of how quickly fun-filled exploration can turn into danger if precautions are not taken seriously. Parents must educate their children about basic safety guidelines before allowing them unsupervised playtime outdoors around potentially hazardous areas like open sewers or stormwater drains.