8-year-old recalls amazing trip down storm pipe

People in Duluth can still scarcely believe the story of the boy who went down the drain. Kenith Markiewicz is the 8-year-old who during the flooding this week stepped into a puddle and disappeared. Local media talked to the child and his mother about his terrifying ride down a 24-inch-wide underground concrete culvert that was gushing with raging water.
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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:

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