Rescuers use excavators to free girl trapped in well

  • 09/02/2017

A 12-year-old girl who fell into a 20-metre well was saved after eight hours of efforts in Luohe City, central China's Henan Province.

The girl fell into the well when she was flying a kite with two other girls on a farmland in Houzhang Village of Linying County on Tuesday.

She was stuck at a point about eight metres from the mouth of the well, with her head above the water.

Villagers raced to the scene to help, along with firefighters and police.

They sent a firefighter down into the well at first, trying to pull the girl out. However, the girl had her waist stuck in the well wall horizontally and the firefighter failed to free her after three attempts, resulting in the rescuers trying other means.

They used four excavators to remove the mud around the well and dismantled the well pipe section by section, stopping at the place near the girl and tying a safety rope around her, before pulling her to ground level.

The girl had several scratches and is in a stable condition in hospital.

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