Kenny Markiewicz, 8, the boy who was sucked into an underground stormwater pipe, and his mother are telling their horrifying story. He was playing with a cousin when he fell into a puddle that obscured the culvert.
The boy told his mom how he survived the terrifying trip: “I plugged my nose, I took a breath and I prayed," the Duluth News Tribune reports. The boy said, "I hate that ride."
The culvert is about a third of a mile, the News Tribune says. It was "dark," the boy told the newspaper.
The pipe deposits into a wooded area, and he was found by a nearby resident.
The son and his mother were reunited, and his first words words to her were, "I thought I had lost you," the Star Tribune reports.
KSTP has video of an interview with Kenny and his mom: