A Wisconsin boy was rescued from a thunderstorm on Tuesday after an eagle with eyesight saw the child's finger stick out of the manhole cover after the storm hit the area.
The 11-year-old boy played with his boyfriend in a flooded drainage ditch in Harrison village after heavy rains had rushed around at 6 pm The boy who was not identified was swept underwater and did not reappear.
Rescuers arrived at the scene and found a spectator trying to cling to the boy – but it was no match for the raging water. The boy was forced into a channel that led into the rainwater channel.
The rescuers then had to predict where the boy would flow through the sewers. Deputy Fire Chief Wesley Pompa, one of the people who reacted to the scene, called Bob Kesler, the village's Road Superintendent, to map the system. English:. German: www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…=view&id=167 At one point, they stood over a manhole about 30 feet from the. English: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…=view&id=167. English:. Digging their fingers through an opening in the lid saw.
"He roared and talked to us and he could reach us," said Pompa.
The boy had air bubble just below the manhole cover and hung on a ladder leading to the shaft. The firefighters opened the lid and Pompa and Kesler lifted the boy to safety.
The child, who was awake and aware, was taken to the hospital.
"I only thank God that he lived and he had done it for so long," said Pompa. "It could have gone a million different ways, but that kind of thing worked for him."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.