Rescue crews searching drains, Cedar Lake for missing Cedar Rapids teen

Public safety


CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Fire Department will continue to search at 8 a.m. Monday for the 17-year-old boy who went missing after being swept into a storm sewer.

The teen’s father, Mark Blake, identified the teen as Logan Blake to ABC’s Good Morning America.

Rescue crews were searching Cedar Lake by boat and walking possible sewer line paths as they continued to search for the teenager.

A group of three 17-year-olds were playing Frisbee near Arthur Elementary, 2630 B Ave. NE, when one of the boys was swept into the storm sewer, Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said. The second 17-year-old went to try to rescue the boy and also was swept in, Buelow said. A third teen flagged down a passer-by to call 911, officials said.

The second boy came out of the sewer system more than a mile away in Cedar Lake, Buelow said and then walked to St. Luke’s Hospital, he said. Although in shock, the teen did not sustain major injuries.

Crews were called to the scene at about 7:20 p.m. Monday night and spent hours walking possible paths. Using schematic drawings of the sewer system, workers were trying to determine if there were any other possible paths through the system.

Families of the boys were gathered at E Ave NE and Oakland Road NE as rescue workers continued to search. The families, accompanied by a chaplain, declined to comment to reporters at the scene.

Mark Blake later told Good Morning America he remains hopeful his son will be found alive,

“We have high hopes, he’s a strong kid, he’s a very athletic kid and he’s got a strong will,” Blake said. “We’ve got all the faith in the world that he’s hooked onto something, held on, waiting for the current to slow down.”

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