After 13 hours of prayer and digging, rescue workers pulled a 22-month-old boy to safety this morning in Frisco City, Ala., after he fell into an abandoned well while playing in a vacant lot.
The boy, Jermere McMillan, had scratches and bruises, but remained calm when he was brought out for jubilant family, friends and rescue workers.
Frisco City firefighter Jimmy Brown said the toddler "was as happy as he could be.”
The child, with his mother, was taken to USA Medical Center in Mobile, about 60 miles south of Frisco City, for a checkup.
The toddler's long ordeal began around 4:30 p.m. Sunday when he fell into the well while playing with his older brother and sister. Neighbors said they were unaware that a well was in the vacant lot and that grass had grown over it, obscuring the danger.
An Alabama Power Company drill and a rescue team from Mobile with special training were summoned to the site, where dozens of onlookers gathered, to dig a separate hole and reach the baby lodged in the 14-foot-deep well.
A doctor was on the scene all night long to help the child and give medical advice as the digging continued until the boy was brought out shortly before 6:00 a.m. The well and the hold dug for the rescue were filled with dirt to prevent another accident.