Jesse Hernandez in a family photo | Photo Courtesy LAFD

A team of firefighters and sanitation workers this morning found 13-year-old Jesse Hernandez of East Los Angeles “alive and talking” more than 12 hours after he fell 25 feet into an old network of sewer pipes under Griffith Park, the L.A. Fire Department said.

Hernandez had been in the park celebrating Easter with his family on Sunday afternoon when he fell through a wooden plank atop an abandoned maintenance building, reports the L.A. Times.

The L.A. Fire Department at 5:41 am today announced that Hernandez was found alive, said the Daily News.

A large team of firefighters used cameras normally used to inspect pipes during repairs to search for Hernandez in a maze of four-foot wide tunnels — partially filled with liquid — that run parallel to the L.A. River and under adjacent freeways, according to the L.A. Fire Department.

“Approximately 2,400 feet of pipe had been thoroughly inspected and the search was continuing when a maintenance hatch west of the WB134 under the 5 FY was opened to insert cameras,” the LAFD said in an update. “This was were Jesse was found alert and talking. Jesse was given a cell phone so he could immediately call family.”

Hernandez was taken to a local hospital for a complete medical evaluation.

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