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6-year-old NC boy rescued from well

Posted January 3, 2012

Mason Kenerly fell into a well in his Walkertown front yard.
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— A 6-year-old Forsyth County boy was rescued Monday after he fell 22 feet into a well.

Daniel Kenerly said his son, Mason, was playing with his brother and a cousin in the family's Walkertown front yard when he jumped on the top of the well and the concrete seal broke.

Mason, who can't swim, was able to stay afloat by holding two pipes. But he was chest-deep in 67-degree water for about 40 minutes before he was rescued.

Rescue workers lowered a harness and talked Mason through putting it on so that they could lift him to safety. 

He was in good condition Tuesday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

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  • solarflare40 Jan 4, 2012

    RE: "@ solarflare40 - I guess you're missing the part where God gave the rescue workers the wisdom, the courage, the strength and the guidance."

    Oh, I thought it was their training that gave them the wisdom and courage to do their job!

  • itsmyownopinion Jan 4, 2012

    I'm glad this child was rescued and has a chance at life; I hope he makes it a good one. I can only imagine how horrific an experience this would be both for the child and as a parent. Does anyone know if the family owns this property, or if it is a rental? Property owners are definitely legally responsible for safety hazards, and insurance companies usually look for possible problems before writing coverage. Hopefully this incident has brought attention to a deadly hazard and it will help raise awareness and those who need to will make proper improvements.

  • haggis basher Jan 4, 2012

    "Unlike you, of course, in your effort to convert everyone to atheism."

    Wasn't me that brought religion into this thread......you can check that if you like :)

  • haggis basher Jan 4, 2012

    "God doesn't NEED our prayers to fulfill his plans - he's a little bit more independent than that. ;)"

    Indeed, in fact so independent that its as if he doesn't exist at all :)

    and sorry but yes this "thank and pray to God" rubbish is evangelizing....its just advertising their brand of sky spook as much as thanking Honda at the end of every post would be viewed as an advert for Honda cars. Stop it. If your God exists he clearly does not need this sucking up to online and if he doesn't then its pointless.....

  • itsmyownopinion Jan 4, 2012

    "Indeed. Pity some folk can't resist the impulse to evangelize."
    haggis basher

    Unlike you, of course, in your effort to convert everyone to atheism.

  • kyliesunday Jan 4, 2012

    Haggis, I think if you're going to argue religion you need to understand what the definition of evangelize is. These individuals commenting are not "evangelizing" they are simply sharing their own belief - as are you.. since you want to make it a point to "prove" that God and faith had nothing to do with the rescue of this child - which is of course your right. But don't judge people for their beliefs - we're not judging you for your lack thereof. Oh and in regards to your comment about rescue efforts of children in other countries/regions where religion is not evident... God doesn't NEED our prayers to fulfill his plans - he's a little bit more independent than that. ;)

  • haggis basher Jan 4, 2012

    "and i'm sure this family as well as others don't care if people think God saved the child or luck intervened but the fact that he is here safe. is good enough for them as well....."

    Indeed. Pity some folk can't resist the impulse to evangelize.

  • ladyblue Jan 3, 2012

    and i'm sure this family as well as others don't care if people think God saved the child or luck intervened but the fact that he is here safe. is good enough for them as well.....

  • ladyblue Jan 3, 2012

    thank goodness this turned out with a good ending. prayers to the family that the chld was rescued so quickly..

  • amivey0422 Jan 3, 2012

    Thank God the little boy is okay! Could have been such a horrible ending, instead it has a happy ending! And to answer the responses about first responders, those men and women pray hard that they can have the knowledge, strength and courage and much more to protect strangers, their loved ones, everyone. Without God our first responders could not get through with what they deal with.

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