Father of Surviving Teen Sucked into Sewer Describes What Happened
By Heather Hubbs and Adam Carros, KCRG-TV9
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The father of a Cedar Rapids teenager who survived a 9,000 foot ride through storm sewers told KCRG-TV9 his son is recovering as the search for his friend continues.
Blake and a friend, 17 year-old David Bliss, were sucked into a storm sewer Monday evening near Authur Elementary, 2630 B Avenue NE.
Bliss' father told KCRG-TV9 the teens were playing frisbee when the frisbee landed near a sewer drain. His son told him the ankle deep water swept Blake off his feet and into the drain. Bliss then went after him and was pulled in as well.
Cedar Rapids Public Works Director Crag Hanson says Bliss rode roughly 9,000 feet before being spit out at Cedar Lake. The pipes there are as narrow as 54-inches before opening up to a 10-foot by 10-foot pipe.
Bliss' father says the force of the water ripped his son's clothes off. He says a transient man living near the lake give him a pair of pants and Bliss walked to St. Luke's Hospital to get help.
Bliss' father says his son has only minor scrapes and bruises from the ordeal.
The search for Blake was called off around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning and resumed at 8 a.m. The search is now focusing on the Cedar Lake area and other paths the water could have taken Blake in the sewer system.