Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bryansk sewage system searched for child

Eighty percent of the sewage system in Bryansk has been examined after an 18-month-old child fell into it on Sunday.

Oleg Yankov, a spokesman for the regional branch of the Emergencies Ministry, said that a body has not yet been found, Itar-Tass reports.

The boy's disappearance happen in the afternoon on Sunday in the central Sovetsky District, where a ruptured sewage pipe caved the ground in. A 26-year-old woman pushing the child in a stroller fell into the crater. The woman was rescued but the child fell out of the stroller and was swept away in the flood of sewage.

"The woman with a child in the perambulator unexpectedly fell underground, as the walkway above the sewage collector caved in at about 13:00 Moscow time on Sunday at the crossroads of Aviatsionnaya and Bryansky Front Streets," Vladimir Markin, a spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee, said, according to Itar-Tass. "The child dropped out of the perambulator when falling underground, and the sewage flow dragged down the child, the mother of the child was saved," he said.

Rescuers and water utility workers immediately began searching for the missing child, with divers finding the stroller, two child boots and the hood from his coat in a wastewater treatment facilities five kilometers away from the incident.

While the search continues, a criminal case under Article 109, Part 2, of the Russian Criminal Code has been opened under charges of "causing death by negligence due to a person's failure to perform his or her professional duties".