Crews Rescue Adult, Child from Hole at Louisville Park

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 9/12/13 9:14 PM CDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Emergency crews have rescued a child and an adult from an abandoned cistern at a Louisville park.

Capt. Salvador Melendez of the Louisville Fire Department said rescue crews were called to Russell Lee Park early Thursday evening after two people fell into a brick-lined cistern that is 14 feet deep and about 2 1/2 feet wide. There was no water in it.

He said the child, a 2-year-old girl, was rescued first, about an hour after she fell in. The adult man, described as a coach at the park where youth league football games are played, was rescued by firefighters about 15 minutes later.

Melendez said the man, 46, was attempting to rescue the girl when he fell in, too.

Both were taken to hospitals. They had suffered no apparent physical injuries.


UPDATE: 9/12/13 8:49 PM CDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Emergency crews have rescued a child and an adult from a hole at a Louisville park.

Louisville media outlets reported that rescue crews were called to Russell Lee Park on Thursday evening after two people fell in a hole about 10 feet deep.

WAVE-TV reports that the child, a 2-year-old girl, was rescued first. The adult, described as a coach at the park where youth league football games are played, was rescued by firefighters about 10 minutes later.

Witnesses said the coach jumped into the hole without hesitating after the girl fell into it.

Both were taken to hospitals. The nature of their injuries was not immediately known.

A call placed to the city's fire department was not immediately returned.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Rescue crews are working to remove an adult and a child from a hole at a Louisville park.

Louisville media outlets are reporting that emergency crews arrived at Russell Park on Thursday evening to respond to calls that two people were trapped in a hole. Media reports differ on the age of the child.

The hole is believed to be 9 or 10 feet deep. WHAS-TV reports that the two who are trapped are conscious and alert.

A call placed to the city's fire department was not immediately returned late Thursday.

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