An overflowing river in a US town suburb has sent a 14-year-old boy on the ride of his life this week.
Authorities said Jeffrey LaPorta of Parma, Ohio, travelled more than a quarter of a mile through multiple sewer pipes, at times completely submerged in water, before he found enough breathing room to await rescue.
Parma Fire Department spokesman Doug Turner says the teenager was riding his bike on Tuesday through puddles created by the rising creek. He then fell into the overflowing water and was forced into a drain pipe.
Turner says firefighters opened at least six manhole covers downstream, calling out to the boy before they found him. He was then pulled to safety and taken to a hospital, where he received six stitches on his elbow and was released that evening.