5 teens rescued from Massillon storm drain in 'near-death' situation

  • Source: WKYC-TV NBC 3 Cleveland
  • Published: 06/11/2019 06:09 AM

Massillon police and firefighters rescued five teen boys from a storm drain after they were swept away by strong currents in heavy rain Monday afternoon. All escaped with only minor cuts and bruises. A total of six teens, between the ages of 13 and 15, were playing in the rain-swollen Sippo Creek after a heavy downpour that lasted 20 minutes. According to Massillon police, one of the teens lost his footing and was taken away by the currents. Another teen told officers that the remaining boys tried to form a human chain to rescue him, but then they were all swept away. One managed to make it to high ground, and called 911. Officer Aaron Franklin was the first to arrive on the scene in the 800 block of Tremont Ave SW, and started recording the intense rescue on his police body camera.


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