GREENE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - We're learning more about Thursday's rescue operation to save a six-year-old girl trapped in an old, abandoned well. It happened at Eubanks Produce Farms near the Greene/George County line.
The little girl was at the farm on a field trip when she slipped into the 35 foot deep hole in ground. The opening was only about 14-16 inches wide, but large enough to swallow the small child.
Emergency crews spent three hours working to free the girl. A local youth pastor was there when she fell and stayed by her the entire time, talking to her and calming her nerves. They were even able to lower her baby doll and Capri Sun drinks to her.
Officials told WLOX News the girl's legs were stuck in mud, so there were two failed attempts to get her into a harness. But once her legs were free, she was easily pulled out.
The child was taken to George County Hospital, but appeared to only have a few scraps and scratches. Rescuers said she seemed to be doing well, and appeared most upset by the fact that her baby doll was left behind in the well.
Officials with the Greene County Sheriff's Department believe the girl was from out of state. The accident is still under investigation.
WLOX Reporter Danielle Thomas has been in Greene County today and will have more details on this amazing rescue later today on WLOX News.