A teenager in Italy who jumped into a canal and was believed to have drowned survived 42 minutes under water
An unnamed teenage boy, 14, jumped into the Naviglio Canal from a bridge in the town of Cuggiono, west of Milan, Italy, at 4:53pm on 24 April, The Localreports.
When the teenager failed to come up to the surface, the friends he was with frantically searched the murky water, and called emergency services when they couldn’t find him.
A team of divers was dispatched and they finally pulled the 14-year-old’s body from the water at 5:32pm, 42 minutes after he had gone under.
He was rushed by helicopter to Milan’s San Raffaele hospital, where doctors treated him using Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, a procedure whereby an artificial lung outside the body is used to pump oxygenated blood through it.