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.

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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