Jesse Hernandez fell into sewage while playing over a sewer access portal, leading to ordeal amid toxic underground maze

A 13-year-old boy was miraculously rescued after falling into a river of sewage in Los Angeles, getting swept away and spending more than 12 hours in the city’s toxic and mazelike underground sewer system.

Jesse Hernandez had been playing with other children on wooden planks over an access portal to the sewer system during a family outing Sunday at a Los Angeles park. When a plank broke, Jesse fell about 25ft (8 meters) and landed in fast-moving sewage, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles fire department.

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