CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Fort Myers boy was swept 300 yards through a drain pipe and into the Caloosahatchee River. Miraculously, he survived. Owen Just's story has caught the attention of parents, now wondering if something like this could happen again.
Wink News spoke to a mother in Cape Coral who hopes city officials will take time to check open drains in their area.
"I mean we've had kids here, friends that come over to play that try to climb down this hole," said Susan McNamara.
McNamara says watching 5-year old Owen Just's ordeal hit close to home.
"I could immediately relate to it because the exact same thing happens here," she said.
"Thank God for the one time that it happened to a little boy that knew how to swim, that learned early enough that he didn't panic that he was able to react in the right way," she said.
The drain sits directly in front of McNamara's Cape Coral home on the 4700 block of Southwest 5th place.
"I've never let my son play in the drainage swells, but I think it takes that one situation for it to happen to make everybody stop and think, wow," McNamara said.
Now this concerned parent says she wonders if the City of Cape Coral will look at Owen's accident and take proactive steps to prevent future scares.
"Every time he plays basketball the first thing that happens is the all goes right to the hole and they're reaction is, how are we going to get the ball out, should we climb in to get it which of course we don't want them to do," she said.
The spokesperson for Cape Coral tells us the city has a routine program for storm drains and pipes.