Southern IL man saves boy from nearly drowning in storm pipe

Young boy in southern IL luck to be alive after being swept into drainage pipe

HERRIN, IL (KFVS) - A child from southern Illinois is lucky to be alive after he was pulled by raging water through a culvert, nearly into a drain pipe and almost drown.

The young boy grasped concrete near the drain and was pulled out by two men who stopped to help. The culvert was filled to the top and was overflowing with nearly 6 feet of storm water.

One of those men was Matt Choate of Herrin, Illinois who was on his way to dinner with his family. The family had stopped to take photos and video of the flooding when they heard screams of help from the young boy.

“Yea the water was actually up to the concrete and it was actually coming over the road,” Choate said. “While it was also going under.”

Choate ran and pulled the boy to safety with the help of another man.

“I mean it's good but that's what anybody would do or I would hope so,” Choate said.

Choate tells Heartland News that the boy suffered only minor scratches on his legs and thanked him for saving his life.

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