December 31, 2013

Girl pulled from well in western Georgia


Associated Press

WHITESBURG — A young girl in western Georgia was airlifted to a hospital after falling into a well on Monday evening.

Footage from local television stations showed Carroll County emergency responders loading the girl’s stretcher into the back of an ambulance after she was pulled from the well’s opening.  

Details on how the girl fell into the well and the extent of her injuries were not immediately available.

Carroll County Fire Department Lt. Clay Kierbow was lowered into the well to rescue the girl and told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she fell into the hole in an awkward position.

“Her face was down, and one leg was up to the left and the other was up under her,” Kierbow told WSB-TV. “I finally managed to find a place to put my foot without stepping on her, got down there and got some webbing under her arm.”

Emergency responders used a pulley system to lift the girl from the well and sheriff’s officials said she was alert, conscious and breathing when she re-emerged.