TAYLORS, S.C. (WSPA) – A child was rescued from a well Monday afternoon in Greenville County.

According to the Taylors Fire and Rescue, firefighters responded at 4 p.m. to a call that a child had fallen into an old well.

Once firefighters arrived at the scene, they found the child in a 20ft deep well. Nearby residents said the well was previously disguised as a pile of leaves.

So Monday afternoon when the 9-year-old boy was on his way home from school at the Upstate Islamic Center, he didn’t see the hole. 

The school tells us his sister was there when he fell and ran back asking teachers for help, which is when they called 911. 

The three surrounding fire units, along with the Greenville County EMS and Sheriff’s Office, rushed to the scene and made the rescue within minutes. 

“We were there maybe 20 minutes after arrival and had the child out of the well,” said Marty Dixon, Taylors Assistant Fire Chief.

Dixon calls this a low frequency, high risk call. 

“It’s not a common occurrence for us to have to do that but we train quite frequently on those types of events in case the situation like what happened yesterday arrives and we’re able to facilitate it and extricate the patient,” said Dixon. 

Facilitating means using a process designed for this situation.

“As other units arrived on scene, we were able to set up our confined space rescue equipment and get our personnel into the well to extricate the 9-year-old male patient,” said Dixon.

Taylors Fire Department said the units that responded have an east-side automatic aid agreement, which involves training together for situations like this.

“Each unit has its own niche that it does,” said Dixon. “City of Greer responded, the battalion chief and engine and a QRV, quick response vehicle, which is usually staffed with a paramedic so you can get patient care initiated fairly quick. Then Boiling Springs arrived with their ladder truck and Taylors responded with its rescue truck,” said Dixon. 

Fire officials said the boy was unharmed and able to return home following the incident. 

Taylors Fire Department tells us this is what they train for, that all crews performed to their expectation, and they are thankful it was a positive outcome.

  • Firefighters working to rescue a child from well in Taylors
  • Firefighters working to rescue a child from well in Taylors
  • Firefighters working to rescue a child from well in Taylors
  • Firefighters working to rescue a child from well in Taylors