(FORT MYERS, Fla.) — A 5-year-old Florida boy survived being sucked into a drain pipe Thursday and carried several hundred yards to a nearby river.
The boy, who was not identified by police, was playing with other children in a ditch filled with water Thursday afternoon in Fort Myers, Fla., when he was suddenly pulled into the drain pipe.
One of the two other children playing in the ditch with the boy ran inside to tell adults, who then ran into the ditch to look for him, according to authorities.
The boy was only in the drain pipe for a few minutes, according to reports, before being dumped into the Caloosahatchee River. He was rescued from the river by the adults and first responders looking for him.
The boy was taken to a local hospital and is expected to be fine, according to authorities.
Further north, in Georgia, flash floods were so severe that two camp counselors found themselves stranded when their car was washed downstream while they tried to cross a small stream. The two counselors were unharmed and were pulled ashore by a water rescue team.
Another road nearby was completely washed out by the floods, leaving residents stranded on the other side.
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