More than 100 city firefighters continued their hours-long search Sunday by air and on the ground for a 13-year-old boy who allegedly fell into a sewage pipe in Griffith Park, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The incident was reported by a bystander at about 4:30 p.m., fire department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. The search began at 5254 W. Zoo Dr., she said, near the train museum in Griffith Park.
The pipe in question feeds down to the L.A. River, Stewart said.
The boy, who was later identified by the fire department as Jesse Hernandez, and his friends had climbed a chain-link fence around an abandoned maintenance shack and were playing inside when a plank broke apart, opening up a hole to the drainage pipe, ABC7 reported.
The search also extended down the L.A. River and inside a water reclamation plant in Glendale, according to CBS2.
Asked whether the department was sure that Hernandez had fallen into the pipe, Stewart said the LAFD was still operating on the reports that came from the scene, which stated that a teen had fallen into a drainage pipe.
The LAFD also tweeted out a request for anyone who knew the whereabouts of Hernandez to call the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division at (323) 561-3211.
As of 8:15 p.m., Hernandez had not yet been sighted, but the search would continue, Stewart added.