FD: Teen gets stuck in North Phoenix storm drain for hours

PHOENIX - A 16-year-old boy has been taken to the hospital for evaluation after he had apparently been stuck in a storm drain for most of the day.

Phoenix fire Capt. Ruben Saavedra said crews from Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria and Scottsdale responded to a “confined space” rescue near 49th Avenue and Union Hills Drive around 6:30 p.m. Sunday after getting multiple reports from neighbors that a teenage male had been in the storm drain since about 10 a.m.

Neighbors reported that the teen kept saying he didn’t want police or firefighters to respond for fear of being in trouble.

When crews arrived they made a number of entries into the storm drain then got information from police that indicated the 16-year-old had found his way out a few blocks north of the rescue operation.

The teen told authorities he had gone into the storm drain but would not explain why, Saavedra said.

The boy was evaluated by firefighters and taken to the hospital for medical evaluation.

Video showed the teen in handcuffs but there’s been no word on whether he faces any charges.

Saavedra warned that any type of drain is extremely dangerous. He said there is a high possibility of oxygen deficient atmospheres, running water, steep step off, limited to zero visibility and hazardous gases in those confined spaces.

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