A 10-year-old girl was conscious and alert after being rescued from a well late Monday afternoon.
The girl fell 30 feet down the well in the 800 block of 207th Street in Pasadena, Md. Anne Arundel County Fire Division Capt. Michael Pfaltzgraff said it appears deteriorated plywood covering the hole collapsed under the girl. He said the hole is about three feet in diameter, wide enough for a firefighter to be lowered to the bottom. A rescuer attached a securing device to the girl and they were lifted to the surface together, Pfaltzgraff said.
The woman who called 911 said she was babysitting the child. The 911 dispatcher advised the people at the scene not to lower a ladder into the well to reach the girl and wait for authorities instead.
The girl was rescued around 4:40 p.m. after about a half hour in the well.
According to Pfaltzgraff, she was conscious and alert when she was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, including hypothermia. Officials say the girl was able to communicate with them throughout the incident.
Pfaltzgraff said the temperature in the well at the time was around 50 degrees -- much warmer than outside.
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