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VIDEO: Six teens rescued from Massillon storm drain Monday afternoon

Posted at 7:13 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 08:39:27-04

MASSILLON, Ohio — Six teenagers were rescued after being swept away in the rushing waters of Sippo Creek during a Flash Flood Monday.

Just before 3:30 p.m., Massillon firefighters and police were called to a storm drain on Tremont Avenue SE west of South Sippo Park.

Police said the teens, ranging in age from 13 to 15 years old, were playing near the creek when a flash flood swept in and caused one teen to fall in the storm drain. The others tried to help, but ended up getting swept away in the rushing water.

One of the teenagers was pulled at least a quarter of a mile before being found at another entry point.

One teen was able to get out and call 911.

"We had several firemen, several policemen, and even a couple of civilians come and help us pull it out because the water was rushing so much it felt like pulling out a car but it was really only a 120 pound kid that’s the danger of this water," said Lt. Michael Maier, of the Massillon Police Department.

The teens were not seriously injured.