11-year-old rescued from 150-foot deep well

Published: Jan. 21, 2014 at 11:23 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 22, 2014 at 1:59 PM EST
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GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WYFF) — EMS workers rescued an 11-year-old boy who was trapped for more than an hour after falling into a deep well in Greenville County, according to Lt. Tim Ridgeway with the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies and rescuers responded to the location in the 4000 block of North Highway 101 at Fews Chapel Road at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The boy was pulled from the well at about 7 p.m., according to Ridgeway.

Ridgeway said the well, which is at least 150-feet deep, is under a porch behind a vacant house.

Within an hour of the boy's fall, a firefighter was lowered into the well to try to reach him, but he had to be pulled out because his legs went numb. Shortly after, the boy was successfully pulled from the well.

"It was a great feeling when we brought him up and he was fussing and hurting. I don't want him hurting, but as long as he is fussing that means he is alert and it was remarkable to hear him that way," said Ridgeway.

According to Ridgeway, the boy, who remained conscious during the rescue, was in water up to his shoulders and may have a broken arm.

Another child, Larry Lindsey, was with the boy, but only the 11-year-old fell into the well.

"You could hear him falling and he splashed into the water," said Lindsey.

Greenville County EMS, emergency response team and the Lake Cunningham Fire Department responded to the scene and Med Trans was brought in to airlift the child.

He was taken to Greenville Memorial where he was being treated for hypothermia. Ridgeway said he was alert and talking after he was rescued.

Ridgeway said the owner of the home was following the law by covering her well. Ridgeway said the Sheriff's Office has no plans to file charges against the boys, but the homeowner told News 4 that she may press charges.

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