Boy Swept Away In Arkansas Floodwaters Rescued Alive

May 25, 2016

Standing flood water along Red Wolf Blvd. in Jonesboro.
Credit Brandon Tabor / KASU News

Authorities in northeast Arkansas say a 13-year-old boy was found safe three hours after he was swept away in a flooded drainage pipe.

Jonesboro police say the boy fell into the storm drain Tuesday after storms dumped more than 4 inches of rain on the area, about 130 miles northeast of Little Rock. Two officers searching the area pulled the boy to safety after hearing his cries for help.

Police Cpl. Jason Chester tells television station KAIT that the boy said he clung to a pole until the officers rescued him about three hours after his ordeal began.

The boy was found about two blocks from where he fell into the storm drain. Police say he wasn't seriously hurt.