Published on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 at 9:31 pm.

‘A Very Lucky Boy’: Words of Rescuers of Seven-Year-Old Boy from a Well


Fire Crews from two counties have successfully rescued a seven-year-old boy who became entrapped down a 70 foot well in Greyshott this evening.

Fire crews from Hampshire and Surrey and a specialist Urban Search and Rescue Team from Hampshire were called just after 6.20pm this evening after the youngster became trapped 20 feet down the well on Whitmore Vale.

A call was routed into Surrey Fire and Rescue who alerted neighbouring Hampshire who sent crews from Rushmoor, Bordon and Basingstoke. A further appliance was sent from Farnham to support firefighters with a second appliance form Basingstoke containing rescue equipment onboard. A USAR Team from Hampshire fire and rescue also supported the fire fighters in the ropes systems that effected a speedy recovery of the trapped boy.

A USAR Advisor from Hampshire were also called. It is understood that the youngest was rescued by fire crews using a rope rescue pack system from the base of the dry well. It is believed that the well was in the garden at a private address in the leafy village of Greyshott in Hampshire.

Crews winched the boy to safety using a two rope rescue pack after he was stuck underground for just over two hours . It is understood that the boy had been standing over the capped off well and fell into it. A firefighter was lowered down the well to rescue the boy. One fire fighter who was involved in the rescue operation said, “He (the boy) was a very lucky boy to have escaped without serious injury.”

After being pulled out, the rescued boy was handed over to South Central Ambulance service. The youngster has been taken to hospital for a check up.

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