October 24, 2012
Rabbit Hunter Stuck Treading Water in Well for 8 Hours Before Rescue
By Chad Love
Bird hunters and parents know all about the dangers old, abandoned wells pose to curious dogs and children, but it's not just kids and dogs that need to watch out for wells. One wrong step or one bad decision and we could find ourselves trapped in a very bad place. That's what happened to one Florida rabbit hunter when he stepped on a plywood well cover and ended up in twelve feet of water.
From this story in the New York Daily News:
One wrong step turned a stroll through familiar territory into a nightmare. Christopher Johnson, 28, fell though plywood to the bottom of a deep well while rabbit hunting early Saturday morning. His screams went unheard for more than eight hours as he managed to keep his head above water in at least 12 feet of cold, dirty water. He thought he would never escape as his stamina slowly faded.
According to the story, Johnson fell into the well about 1:30 a.m. and spent the next eight hours treading water and screaming for help. His cries were finally heard by a walker the next morning. Rescuers lowered a ladder and Johnson climbed out of the well on his own. According to Johnson, he simply didn't see the hole in the dark.
From the story: "I've been hunting around here my whole life. I've never seen that hole. It used to have a concrete over it. I didn't see it," Johnson said. "I thought I was dreaming. I thought it was a nightmare. There was no way out."
I don't know what anyone would be doing rabbit hunting at 1:30 in the morning, but still, that's some scary stuff. Anyone ever have a bad encounter with an abandoned well?