Boy Rescued From Well

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 2:59pm

6-year-old fell nearly 30 feet into chest-deep water.

A 6-year-old North Carolina boy is recovering after falling into a well.

Investigators said 6-year-old Mason Kenerly fell into a 30-foot-deep well near his Walkertown home while playing outside.

Officers said Kenerly is expected to be fine.

He was taken to Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem by medical helicopter after being pulled from the well.

Walkertown Fire Chief Wesley Hutchins said Kenerly was found in chest-high water.

While his father talked him through the process, firefighters were able to use a harness to lift the child to safety.

"That was the biggest thing; he was cold and very scared," Hutchins said. "We're very fortunate that when he fell, he fell straight, so he was able to look up at us he was able to converse with us."

The boy's aunt, Jennifer Watson, said it took about 40 minutes to rescue the boy.

She said Kenerly's cousin, 8-year-old Gracie Kieger, was outside playing with him when Kenerly fell into the well.

Kieger said she tried to keep him from playing near the well but Kenerly wouldn't listen.

"I told him don't crawl back up there again then he crawled up and just fell down," Kieger said. "All I heard was the bricks crashing and then some water splashing and drips and then hollered down the well and I had to go get my mom."

Watson said, "All we could hear was screaming coming out of the well, we couldn't see him, but we knew he was down there. He was just screaming for help. 'Help get me out. Help get me out,'" Watson added.

She said they just tried to keep him calm while rescue crews arrived.

"There will be no more well playing -- absolutely not," Watson said.

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