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2-Year-Old Unhurt by Plunge Into 22-Foot Well

Posted March 2, 2007

— There was a dramatic rescue in Moore County, where a 2-year-old boy plunged to the bottom of a 22-foot well near Vass. Friday, the child's family and the emergency workers who saved him talked to WRAL.

Tuesday, 2-year-old Nicholas Coles’ usual romp in the yard at Grandpa's could have cost him his life.

"One second he was there. The next, he disappeared, completely," said his mother, Melissa Coles.

She was walking alongside her son when he dropped through the ground and into an old well hidden by grass. He fell 22 feet!.

"Everything just stood still, and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s my baby," Coles said Friday.

She ran to the hole and started clearing away dirt while her father dialed 911.

Rescue workers did not know what they’d find when they looked into the well.

“My first relief was there was no water in there," said Tony Sassano, Circle V Fire department chief.

“He looked like a little ant in that hole," said first responder Lindsey Wilson.

Sassano used a rope to lasso the boy.

“You’re busy doing your job, you don’t think too much about anything, but when you get him up and he comes out the top and you put him in his momma’s arms, that's a good feeling," the chief said.

"The fire truck got me out,” Nicholas said.

Now, he’s oblivious to what could have happened, but his parents say it's a miracle he walked away, unharmed.

"That was the greatest feeling in the world. I thought, ‘My baby's back,’" his mother said.

The well has been filled with dirt. It once was 80 feet deep and had been filled 16 months ago, but that dirt settled.

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  • skylinefirepest Mar 4, 2007

    Once again folks, the landowner had a PILE of dirt over the top of the FILLED well which was covered by grass!! The parents of the child are renting the property. Quit trying to find fault where there isn't any. The firemen of Circle V Fire Department and the Vass Rescue Squad made a great save! The last time I was on one of these well incidents it was a recovery not a rescue.

  • St Ives Mar 4, 2007

    I find it strange people take a story like this to pust their religious and political views. A little boy fell into a well and was unhurt. Thank the quick responding firemen and chide the landowner who did not fill the well with enough dirt,

  • skylinefirepest Mar 3, 2007

    Mr.Crosby, The hole was covered by grass and a thin layer of dirt...would you have thought to check it? I doubt it! At any rate we had an extremely lucky set of circumstances to work with. Circle V Fire and Vass Rescue were on scene in under three minutes from the time of page even given the time of day. For those who are thanking God why don't you take a few minutes and send thanks to your local fire and rescue volunteers who are on call twenty four hours a day. And for the political comments we all know Slick Willie would have been busy under the desk, Kerry would still be reporting for duty, Kennedy would be drunk, Gore would be too hot, Murtha would be cutting and running, and Pelosi too powerful to have responded. Hooah!!

  • mrcrosby Mar 3, 2007

    sounds like negligance on the part of the land owner. They knew that well was there and had been filled. Did nobody think about settling dirt. they should have gone and checked it.

  • JoCoGrl Mar 3, 2007

    Brain-Dead Religious Freak what is wrong with you? All children are blessed by God. Did you have a head injury or too many drugs or what? I can't believe someone would say something like that.

    I am glad that the little boy is O.K!!!! That mother must have been going out of her mind. I am glad it is a happy ending.

  • tiggerjaw Mar 3, 2007

    Thank you Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brain-Dead Religious Freak Mar 3, 2007

    Hallelujah! I prayed yesterday that no child would be hurt or killed today, and my prayer was answered! Never mind that hundreds of other children died in horrible accidents yesterday. God heard my prayer and saved THIS child! The other children who die and get hurt must not have been blessed by God! But I will not let that inconsistency trouble my pea-sized brain! Prayers to all!

  • Ladidada Mar 2, 2007

    The Bush/Cheney junta and The Republican Crime Syndicate have put America in a hole!

  • flowers Mar 2, 2007

    Thank GOD!! He had an angel holding him close... God blessed this family!!! YES HE DID!!!

  • Scarecrow Cow Mar 2, 2007

    And to think he could have fallen 80 feet if it hadn't have been filled! It's a miracle he survived 20!

    Lol, snake. Heh heh heh...