A Tremont resident was rescued from this well by members of the Tremont Volunteer Fire Department and the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. PHOTO COURTESY OF TVFD

Man stuck in well rescued

TREMONT — Four days after rescuing a sailor whose small boat had overturned in Bartlett Narrows, members of the Tremont Volunteer Fire Department came to the aid of a 71-year-old man who had fallen into his well.

Firefighters responded around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to a home on the Kelleytown Road to find the man neck-deep in water at the bottom of an eight-foot deep concrete-lined dug well.

“He was checking the water level and stuck a two-by-four down as a gauge,” said Chief Keith Higgins. The man dropped the piece of lumber and, while reaching down to grab it, fell into the water.

Tremont firefighters had called for assistance from the Mount Desert Fire Department, which has a hoist that works in confined spaces, but the decision was made to attempt getting the man, who has health issues, out before Mount Desert arrived.

“He was in dire straights,” Higgins said.

Higgins’ brother, Heath Higgins, crawled down and got in the water with the man, where there also were several snakes. Narrow concrete chambers in the well made the process difficult. By that time, Deputy Jeff McFarland of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department was on the scene. With Heath Higgins pushing from below and McFarland reaching down, the man was extricated from the well. Although he had no apparent injuries, he was taken by ambulance to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor for evaluation.

The fire chief said the man’s wife called 911 after she heard him hollering for help. As a precaution before rescuers arrived, a neighbor had tossed the man in the well a life jacket.

Mark Good

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