Incredible well rescues
A toddler in China falls into a 40-foot well.
April 2nd, 2012
11:54 AM ET

Incredible well rescues

We received harrowing video of a toddler in China who fell nearly 40 feet into an abandoned dry well. The 2-year-old was rescued by firefighters who had to pump oxygen into the well because the air was so thin at the depth the child was located. The dramatic episode brought back memories of the incredible rescue of Baby Jessica here in the U.S.

Toddler falls into 40-foot well

With the well being only about 18 inches wide, see how the rescuers were able to save this toddler's life.

1987: 'Baby Jessica' rescued from well

In 1987, Jessica McClure was rescued after spending nearly 58 hours in a well. Watch the final moments as rescuers bring Jessica to the surface.

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  1. Tupper

    In the late 1950's, a very similar situation occured in Kapuskasing ON, Canada.
    Amazing rescue considering the equipment used back then.
    The little girl is now a grown woman with adult children. Only a few men left from the original crew.
    Amazing reunion occured a few years ago....would be great if Joanne, Jessica and this latest lil' person were all brought together to show that when it comes to kids and stunning rescues, not a lot has changed in 60+ years.
    Thanks to all who have ever helped saved another soul.....

    April 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      IWhat a lovely sentiment; one I agree with wholeheartedly.

      I cannot believe that it has been 25 years since the baby Jessica saga.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bjhjkhasd

    Heck, shove Steve Jobs body down there if it will get the kid out.... Good job!

    April 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lassie


    April 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • brittney

      sound like a dog but good job firemen

      April 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. palintwit

    Believe me. The vast majority of Americans would like to see Sarah Palin fall down a well.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • your psychiatrist

      Obsessed much?

      April 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wally A

      I thought she did...

      April 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cerberon

      I wouldn't mind if she fall down on my bed at night....

      April 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ronald Reagan


    April 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bjhjkhasd

    How can you not feel good for such tiny miracles…

    April 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. palintwit

    I went for my physical today and the doctor stuck his finger up my Palin.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sumsanity

      He must have been checking for your brain. And the search goes on...

      April 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Opal Monroe

    What a miracle! These men were so brave

    April 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Montanan

    Q: What did the Chinese kid say when he fell into a deep hole filled with water?

    A: "Oh, well..."

    April 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Don't quit you day job..... 😉

      April 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • the comedy consultant

      It would have worked better if you had said "What did Mao Tse Tung say when he heard that a Chinese child fell down a well?"

      Because allegedly Mao didn't care about individuals in his society, just the overall populace.

      Just trying to help.

      April 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Floridian

      Montanan, I liked your joke.

      April 3, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    I once fell into a well. Lucky for me, I am morbidly obese, thus could not fit into the well shaft.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cerberon

      Well and toilet are two different things...

      April 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    WELL--–Now that sounds like a pretty deep subject.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Well, this is true....

      April 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Old Chinese Proverb

    Man who go to bed with itchy bum will wake up with smelly finger.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shawn

    Obama's Fault.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DoubleW

    Joe the plummer is looking purty good about now as a presidential candidate.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |

    thank god he made it alife.

    April 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
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