Photos: S.C. firefighters rescue teen who fell 40 feet down well

Members of the Gaffney City Fire Department performed a technical rescue successfully in about half an hour, and EMS providers transported the injured boy


By Leila Merrill

GAFFNEY, S.C. — Gaffney firefighters rescued a teenager after he fell 40 feet into a well Saturday night, WPDE reported.

Training Officer Doug Bowers said the boy, 14, jumped on a cement well shaft. The lid crumbled and sent him falling into the water.

The boy was found treading water and holding on to pipes in the well.

Firefighters performed a technical rescue successfully in about half an hour.

EMS providers transported the teen to a hospital. Sources said his injuries were not life-threatening.

"Our firefighters train often for these scenarios, that are not routine but they do happen," the department posted on Facebook. "We’re proud of the professionalism shown by our crew."

 

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