While hiking with her father and brother, a 3-year-old girl fell into a 50-foot well in northern Israel. Her father subsequently fell after the ladder installed in the well broke when he attempted to climb down to rescue his daughter. The man told his 5-year-old son to go for help.
The boy found other hikers who called 101, Israel’s emergency hotline developed and operated by Magen David Adom. MDA immediately notified the Israel Fire and Rescue Authority, while simultaneously dispatching an ambulance team.
Luckily, a pile of jerrycans softened their fall. Both remained fully conscious and were guided by firefighters and MDA paramedics through a complex and lengthy rescue plan.
“It was a long drama. After realizing they were fully conscious and suffering from bruises, we performed a situation assessment and decided not to go down the pit. We would continue to communicate with them and be prepared to receive them outside after a very long rescue [by the Fire Authority],” said MDA Paramedic Erel Hachmon.
The young girl and her father were rescued from the well fully conscious. The 3-year-old sustained moderate abdominal and limb injuries and her 37-year-old father was in mild condition. MDA EMTs and paramedics provided medical treatment and a swift transport to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera.