Boy, 14, Falls Into Drain Pipe, Travels Nearly a Mile Before Rescue

Alex Perez has the details of the rescue that saved the teens life.
3:00 | 09/06/12

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A harrowing tale involving a 14-year-old who fell into a drainpipe. He was sucked underground in a terrifying ordeal, traveling almost a mile before he was thankfully rescued. Alex perez has more. Reporter: Not even buckets of RAIN COULD STOP jeff LaPorta and his buddy from having a good time. We were having fun. Reporter: Until mother nature pulled a trick on him. I fell right in there. Reporter: What laporta thought was a shallow puddle in his town of parma, ohio, was a drainpipe. It carried him right in this drainpipe. It's like somebody putting you in a whirlpool. And spinning you around. Reporter: And the scrapes and bruises on his legs and the six stitches in his arm only tell part of the frightening ordeal. THE RUSHING WATER sucked LaPorta into the drainpipe. He was gasping for air as the water rose over his head. I took a deep breath. I just stayed. And I was not going to give up. Reporter: Neither was his friend, who immediately flagged down help. Firefighters searched for a SIGN of LaPorta. Manhole after manhole, finally, they heard a screech. They lifted the manhole cover and said, hey, buddy, are you all right down there? He's crying. He was terrified. Reporter: Afraid he would NEVER MAKE IT OUT, LaPORTA COULD Barely believe his eyes when he saw the firefighter's flashlight. In my head, I'm like, thank you, lord. I was praying. Reporter: Saved from a whirlwind ride he never expected and will certainly never forget. For "good morning america," alex perez, abc news, chicago.

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