Florida Boy Swept Away by Storm Drain, Survives

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(CNN) - A child survived after being swept into a drain pipe during a storm in Fort Myers, Florida.

Crews say the boy was underwater for at least a minute.  Neighbors say the child was at a party at the time.

He was splashing in a water-filled ditch when he was suddenly sucked into the drain pipe.

A neighbor said there was a tiny whirlpool in the ditch and the drainage pipe was completely hidden.  The pipe is only about a foot and a half across, but wide enough to pull the small child in.

His friends ran and told his parents.  Adults ran to the rescue, but he ended up in the Caloosahatchee River.

"They started running down and tracing the drain line down to the river and that's when they heard the kid screaming and he was trying to climb out of the river on his own," said a witness.

The adults grabbed him and when emergency responders got there, the boy was on dry ground, conscious and in good spirits.

The child was taken to a hospital and officials say he's expected to fully recover.

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