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Teen Dies After Being Sucked Into Drainpipe
A teenage boy has died after being sucked down a drainpipe while he was collecting golf balls in floodwaters.
The body of Luke O'Neill, 17, was found by his friend while he was scouring reeds near the exit of the drain at the Kew Country Club in New South Wales, Australia.
Police said Luke was in waist-deep water scooping golf balls with some friends when he was suddenly dragged into the large drainpipe by the force of the water.
A 16-year-old, who has not been named, was also pulled into the pipe as he tried to find Luke at the drainpipe entrance, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
He travelled under water for the length of the 100m pipe but ended up in a dam at the other end where he was able to escape.
Inspector Kim Fehon, from the Mid North Coast local area command, said: "They were just looking for the golf balls, it was a regular thing they did."
Luke, who was a member of the Camden Haven Bombers AFL club, was described by a member as a very gifted and "wonderful boy".
Committee member Chris Wright said: "He was the type of kid who could turn his hand to anything."
Torrential rain and gales have battered the Mid North Coast region for the second time in a month.