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Your Daily OMG: Boy Washed Away in Storm Drain Lives to Tell About It

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It’s what little kids are made to do: splash in puddles. And it’s exactly what one little boy in Minnesota did recently, although chances are good he probably won’t be doing it again anytime soon.

Kenny Markiewicz, 8, of Duluth, Minn., thought he was stepping in a regular old puddle on Wednesday, at which time he disappeared.

It turns out he was pulled into a concrete pipe full of water from the city’s recent floods, according to the New York Daily News (via the Star Tribune).

It wasn’t raining when it happened, and the street Kenny was on wasn’t even flooded.

“I never let my child leave my sight. There was a split second,” his mom Amber Markiewicz said, according to ABC News. “He just was going across by the puddle and, apparently, there was a culvert or a pipe there and he fell in. We heard my niece scream that and we opened the door, ran down the hill and dialed 911.”

When Amber felt around in the puddle, she realized the opening of the pipe was right there.

Little Kenny traveled roughly a mile — praying and plugging his nose the whole time, he said — before getting spit out in the woods in proximity to a trailer park, where a man heard him crying, wrapped him up in a blanket and called 911.

Thankfully he suffered nothing more serious than a concussion and some cuts and bruises. He said he felt like he had gone 100 miles.

It’s probably safe to say there’s at least one little boy from whom all future puddles are safe.

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