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Man lifted to safety by firefighters after falling down well in forest

Published 22/07/2015 | 15:05

Fire crews from Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire attended the scene and a life jacket was lowered to the man as he could not swim and there was water inside the well. He was then taken to hospital by South Central Ambulance Service but has since been released. Photo: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA Wire
Fire crews from Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire attended the scene and a life jacket was lowered to the man as he could not swim and there was water inside the well. He was then taken to hospital by South Central Ambulance Service but has since been released. Photo: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA Wire
Fire crews from Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire attended the scene and a life jacket was lowered to the man as he could not swim and there was water inside the well. Photo: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA Wire

A man in his 60s has been rescued by firefighters after he fell 30ft down a well.

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The incident happened after the man fell into the well which was inside a barn in Linford in the New Forest.

Fire crews from Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire attended the scene and a life jacket was lowered to the man as he could not swim and there was water inside the well.

A firefighter then descended with a harness in order for the man to be lifted to safety.

He was then taken to hospital by South Central Ambulance Service but has since been released.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "The large well, situated inside a barn and measuring 2.5m in diameter, contained water and with the casualty unable to swim, firefighters, on arrival, lowered a life jacket down to aid the male casualty.

"Firefighters then set up a rope rescue and lowered a firefighter down the well with assistance from a Hampshire urban search and rescue specialist. The male casualty was assisted into a harness and lifted to safety."

Station manager Greg Garrett said: "This was an unusual incident where the quick and effective partnership working between firefighters and the ambulance service aided the successful rescue of the man.

"We are extremely pleased that, after falling such a long way down the well, the man has now been released from hospital and is recovering well at home."

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