Elderly Man Trapped in Well Rescued and Transported to Trauma Center

July 3, 2019

On Monday, July 1, 2019, at approximately 9:20 a.m., fire, and rescue personnel responded to 1950 Scientists Cliffs Road in Port Republic, for the report of a person who fell in a well.

Dispatchers advised units that a resident of Scientist Cliffs was walking along Scientist Cliffs Road and heard a faint call for help coming from an unknown location. After a brief period of time, it was discovered that an elderly male had fallen into an old well shaft located just off the roadway and had been down there for an unknown period of time.

The Confined Space Technical Rescue Assignment was dispatched bringing units from St. Leonard, Prince Frederick, Huntingtown, and Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Departments to the scene

Units arrived and confirmed that there was an elderly male approximately 15-20 feet down in a  brick well shaft. The patient displayed obvious signs of injuries, along with being epileptic and diabetic.

Firefighters were able to hoist the patient out of the well, and he was and airlifted to a local trauma center by a helicopter from the Maryland State Police Aviation Command.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

All photos are courtesy of the Dunkirk and Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Departments.




13 Responses to Elderly Man Trapped in Well Rescued and Transported to Trauma Center

  1. Anonymous on July 4, 2019 at 12:23 am

    You can tell by the images these firefighters are inexperience with these types of rescues. Hopefully they get the training they need before someone is hurt.

    • ReddistNek on July 6, 2019 at 12:44 am

      Or help someone who is hurt they best they can with the training they do have. You crawl before you walk. Like reading a book on how to do something is only half of what you need to know. It’s the hands on experience that you learn how to do said thing. If you can do someone else’s job better than them then jump right in and do your thing.

      • Sir Neck of Red on July 8, 2019 at 7:09 pm

        I concureth, my good man, even if the commenter trolleth.
        Carry on!

    • Anonymous on July 6, 2019 at 2:20 am

      LOL! You can tell huh? Your troll game’s week son.

    • Anonymous on July 7, 2019 at 10:06 am

      I’m pretty sure you are just trolling, but against my better judgement, I’ll bite. Please share with us, from your vast experience with these low frequency events, just how you can tell they are inexperienced and in need of training. It’s unclear to me how you can tell the conditions of the space from pictures. What is apparent is the victim was rescued without additional harm, and no rescuers were injured.

  2. Lassie on July 4, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Was his name Timmy?

  3. SBD on July 4, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Well, well, well.
    Who in the hell,
    Still has a hand dug well?
    I guess they have a shallow water table.
    I think I would invest in a good secure cover(not plywood).
    These wells can be dangerous if not properly secured and easily contaminated.
    Glad the old fella is Ok.

    • Anonymous on July 5, 2019 at 2:23 pm

      Yeah thanks Captain Obvious.

      • SBD on July 6, 2019 at 5:48 pm

        No problem dipshi#. It obviously isn’t obvious, or we wouldn’t see this story now would we libtard mouthbreather.

  4. anonymous on July 5, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Doesn’t look like a hand dug well, it’s the old style 2″ drilled well and the pump and lines are below the frost line. I do agree the cover was likelt rotted away and easy to fall down in there.

  5. FF's family member on July 5, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Fine work by all involved!

  6. Anonymous on July 9, 2019 at 11:13 am

    You make zero sense. Don’t call me a libtard either moron I’m a die hard, gun collecting republican. You don’t have to State the obvious like we don’t know wells can be dangerous. Keep telling us how “easily contaminated” they can be. LMAO.

  7. SBD on July 9, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    It makes zero sense because you’re slow.
    Here, I’ll go slow – it’s – obviously – not – obvious – because – the – old – guy – fell – in. If you still don’t understand, have someone older explain it to you. How are they easily contaminated?
    Well,(no pun intended) let’s say you pump out the sewage tank of the camper you live in near the well of the water supply your camper is hooked up to. You would probably end up with E coli from the seepage of your shi# into your water supply. If you’re not a liberal, quit F’n acting like one. LMMFAO.