Five children stuck in NYC sewer systems rescued after calling 911

Xavier Roger


Five kids who got lost in Staten Island’s sewer system were rescued Tuesday night after they called 911 for help, the New York City Fire Department announced. 

“Our fire alarm dispatchers were on the phone with the children for over a half an hour trying to decipher where they were,” FDNY Chief of Department John Hodgens said at a news conference. “It took us 30 minutes after we arrived to find them and get them out of the hole.” 

Fire officials said the boys entered a storm sewage system through a tunnel with a 40-inch opening in the Clove Lakes area in Staten Island. After they became disoriented they called emergency responders for help at around 6 p.m., officials said. 

“Yeah, we’re like…we’re stuck in the sewers,” one of the boys told the 911 operator in audio released by the department. 


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