Man helping a friend move into a 177-year-old house in Connecticut tumbles 30ft into a hidden well

Man helping a friend move into a 177-year-old house in Connecticut tumbles 30ft into a hidden well

juin 30, 2020 0 Par admin

A man has been rescued from a 20-30ft-deep hidden well after the floorboards in a 177-year-old house he was helping a friend move into collapsed underneath him.

The unnamed victim crashed into the ‘extremely cold’ water where he stayed afloat for 25 minutes as firefighters worked to free him in Guilford, Connecticut, yesterday. 

‘Yup you read that correctly,’ the Guilford police said on Facebook. ‘The house was built in 1843 and this well was most likely outside at the time.’

The man was taken to hospital with minor injuries after the ordeal. Police said an addition to the building saw floorboards placed over the well in 1981.

‘At some point this well was covered with simple wood flooring and no subfloor or well cap,’ they added.

The unnamed victim (pictured at the bottom of the well during the rescue) crashed into the 'extremely cold' water where he stayed afloat for 25 minutes as firefighters worked to free him in Guilford, Connecticut, yesterday

The unnamed victim (pictured at the bottom of the well during the rescue) crashed into the 'extremely cold' water where he stayed afloat for 25 minutes as firefighters worked to free him in Guilford, Connecticut, yesterday

The unnamed victim (pictured at the bottom of the well during the rescue) crashed into the ‘extremely cold’ water where he stayed afloat for 25 minutes as firefighters worked to free him in Guilford, Connecticut, yesterday

‘While the new tenant was moving into the home today, a friend fell through the floor into the abyss of a 20-30 foot well, splashing into extremely cold water that was well over the victim’s head.’

The police department warned ‘some of these older, historical homes may have hazards that were not upgraded by current code’.

‘This situation could have ended with a fatality but due to the extreme professionalism and capabilities of Guilford Fire Department, everyone went home safely tonight.’

When a commenter asked how the man could tread water for 25 minutes the police department said: ‘There was a pipe but not stable for him to hold it most of the time. 

The man was taken to hospital with minor injuries after the ordeal. Police said an addition to the building saw floorboards placed over the well in 1981

The man was taken to hospital with minor injuries after the ordeal. Police said an addition to the building saw floorboards placed over the well in 1981

The man was taken to hospital with minor injuries after the ordeal. Police said an addition to the building saw floorboards placed over the well in 1981

The police department warned 'some of these older, historical homes may have hazards that were not upgraded by current code'

The police department warned 'some of these older, historical homes may have hazards that were not upgraded by current code'

The police department warned ‘some of these older, historical homes may have hazards that were not upgraded by current code’

When a commenter asked how the man could tread water for 25 minutes the police department said: 'There was a pipe but not stable for him to hold it most of the time'

When a commenter asked how the man could tread water for 25 minutes the police department said: 'There was a pipe but not stable for him to hold it most of the time'

When a commenter asked how the man could tread water for 25 minutes the police department said: ‘There was a pipe but not stable for him to hold it most of the time’

‘It was pitch black down there he was just trying to survive until they could pull him out safely.’

It comes after a British was rescued in Bali after spending six days trapped in a well.

A rescue team lifted 29-year-old Jacob Roberts from a 13ft concrete pit earlier this month after a farmer in Pecatu village raised the alarm.

Mr Roberts’s calls for help were heard by a local who was going to feed his cows,’ local search and rescue chief Gede Darmada said.

A rescue team lifted 29-year-old Jacob Roberts from the four-metre-deep concrete pit after a farmer in Pecatu village raised the alarm

A rescue team lifted 29-year-old Jacob Roberts from the four-metre-deep concrete pit after a farmer in Pecatu village raised the alarm

A rescue team lifted 29-year-old Jacob Roberts from the four-metre-deep concrete pit after a farmer in Pecatu village raised the alarm

Mr Roberts's calls for help were heard by a local who was going to feed his cows,' local search and rescue chief Gede Darmada said

Mr Roberts's calls for help were heard by a local who was going to feed his cows,' local search and rescue chief Gede Darmada said

Mr Roberts is pictured being strapped to a stretcher

Mr Roberts is pictured being strapped to a stretcher

Mr Roberts’s calls for help were heard by a local who was going to feed his cows,’ local search and rescue chief Gede Darmada said

Pictures show police officers – in personal protective equipment as a precaution – tending to the victim at the bottom of the well. He had ‘a small amount of water left’.

Mr Roberts broke his leg when he stumbled into the near-empty reservoir and told authorities he had been trying to evade a dog that chased him through the village.

Pictures show police officers - in personal protective equipment as a precaution - tending to the victim

Pictures show police officers - in personal protective equipment as a precaution - tending to the victim

Pictures show police officers – in personal protective equipment as a precaution – tending to the victim

Following the dramatic rescue on Saturday, June 6, South Kuta police chief Yusak Agustinus Sooai said: ‘He looked thin and injured.

‘The victim claimed to have been trapped there about six days before an evacuation was carried out by the Basarnas team on Saturday.’

Police took Mr Roberts to BIMC Nusa Dua Hospital for treatment and he is expected to make a full recovery.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘We are supporting a British man in Bali and are in contact with the local hospital.’