|Published:||Aug 02, 2013 10:35 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 02, 2013 11:36 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL--A 5-year old boy miraculously survived after being sucked in to a storm drain and traveled 300 yards before he was dumped in to the Caloosahatchee river.
It happened at the corner of Avocado and Florida in Fort Myers.
Water can do some amazing things and Thursday night, 5 year old Owen Just found out the hard way.
Just was at a birthday party playing outside in the rain when he was sucked in to a storm drain.
He traveled 300 yards, the length of three football fields, and then was dumped in the Caloosahacthee river.
"Had it been a slower moving drain, the pipe might have filled up more with water and he could have drowned," said Matthew Moen with Moen Brothers Plumbing.
The Gelinas family lives right around the corner from the drain and also know Owen Just. They say he is a very good swimmer, in fact, Just's parents tells us Owen learned how to swim at 18-months old and loves the water.
"When he mentioned Owen's name it just popped in to my mind that owen would come out the other end and that he is the little guy that has the 9 lives and would come out fine," said Tina Gelinas..
Now the Galinas family is concerned about all the other storm drains in their neighborhood and are calling for them to be covered up.
"Hopefully the city sees that there are these situations that can be taken care of," said Gelinas.
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