Heroic Firefighters Rescue Teenager Trapped in a 40-foot Well

Heroic firefighters conducted a dramatic rescue of a 14-year-old South Carolina boy after he fell into a 40-foot well while playing with his brother.

According to reporting by local news outlet WBTW-TV, the teenager likely survived the ordeal by treading water and clinging onto pipes inside the well.

After receiving the call on Saturday evening, members of the Gaffney City Fire Department rushed to the scene to find the boy trapped.

In a Facebook post about the rescue, a spokesperson for the department wrote: “At 7:57pm on Saturday May 7, 2022, our department responded to the report of a person that had fallen into a well off of Pacolet Hwy in Gaffney.”

“On arrival firefighters found a 14 year old male had fallen appropriately 40 feet into a well,” the post continued. “The patient was treading water and able to hold on to pipes in the well to hold himself above water. Crews were able to make voice contact with the patient while crews began to set up for a technical rescue.”

After setting up, a firefighter was lowered into the well and was able to pull the boy to safety. The pair emerged from the well approximately 30 minutes after the first response time.

“The patient was transferred to EMS and subsequently transported to the hospital for what appeared to be non life threatening injuries. Our firefighters train often for these scenarios, that are not routine but they do happen. We’re proud of the professionalism shown by our crews,” the post concluded.

The teen, who was identified by local news station WSPA-TV as Jaylen Byers, stated that he “just fell” into the well while he was playing with his brother.

“I just fell,” the boy explained. “While I fell, I just remembered being underwater.”

Byers said that he was standing on the top of the well, which had been covered by a slab of concrete, when the lid crumbled and he fell through and down into the well.

“I was shocked. I was scared. I was like, ‘What’s going on? How did I just fall down here?’ I didn’t expect it to be a well,” he said. “I tried my best to swim back up. I saw a pipe and was hanging on it the whole time.”

His brother then ran to tell their father what had happened.

“I think that is a parent’s biggest fear – not being able to help their child when they need help,” Jaylen’s mother, Amy Gordon, told the local news station. “He said, ‘Momma, my arms and legs are getting tired. I’m scared. Please just hurry.’”

The teenager said that the next thing he remembered was the firefighter pulling him to safety.

“I’m a little sore,” Byers said, “but I’m grateful to be here living another day.”