FIRST ON 7: A major rescue operation has saved a young boy who was stuck deep in a drain at a school in Sydney's south-west.
The youngster is recovering in hospital, with authorities yet to explain how he was able to get into so much danger.
Police and paramedics performed the delicate rescue and retrieval operation at Hampden Park public school in Lakemba.
Officers said the kindergarten student was trapped in a four-metre deep, storm water drain.
"He's alright, but it's a long way down," an ambulance officer told 7News.
Students, then staff, and finally rescue authorities were there quickly and within minutes the young boy was pulled out. He suffered leg injuries, but remarkably nothing serious.
Staff watched, visibly distressed as he was treated at the scene.
It happened during lunch break. It is uncertain if the area was under supervision, and the school is refusing to comment.
Education department officials claim the drain did have a cover, but somehow it's either collapsed or been removed, saying in a statement: "the area concerned will be cordoned-off to prevent further incidents."
Police and Departmental officers are investigating.
The five-year-old was brought to Westmead children's hospital for treatment, but was expected to be released within hours, indicating his was a lucky escape indeed.