A man was flown to an Atlanta hospital Tuesday afternoon after he fell 40 feet down a well in northwestern Hall County.
The man, in his 20s, was working to repair water lines above the well, which was 50 feet deep and located inside a storage building at a home in the 3700 block of Leach Road, according to Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle.
The call came in at 1:13 p.m., Cagle said, and the man was trapped for about an hour and a half in the space, which was 2 to 3 feet wide, before rescuers were finally able to pull him out. The Gainesville and Hall County Technical Rescue Team responded.
The man’s obvious injuries included bumps, bruises and abrasions, but he was flown to Atlanta Medical Center because he spent so long wedged into the small space, Cagle said.
Rescuers had to set up a different kind of rope rescue than usual since the well was under a building, Cagle said. They also had trouble getting the harness around the man.
“We originally sent down a harness. The harness kept slipping so we ended up having to send one of our personnel down in the hole himself to secure the victim and bring them both back up,” Cagle said.
The rescuer was lowered directly above the man and had just about a quarter of the space to work with, Cagle said.
The man, who is a family friend of the owners of the property, was conscious and talking during the operation.
The owners did not allow media on the property, and fire services cannot release the name of the victim due to privacy laws related to those who provide medical care.